Leylah Annie Fernandez Wins Monterrey Open

By Ben Hamill - March 23 2021
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Leylah Annie Fernandez Wins Monterrey Open

Upcoming young Canadian tennis star Leylah Annie Fernandez has won her very first career WTA Tour title. The 18-year-old beat Swiss national Viktorija Golubic 6-1, 6-4 in the Monterrey Open final on Sunday.

Fernandez, who is from Laval, Quebec, says what helped her through Sunday’s match was to try and forget about it’s magnitude and significance, and instead, focus on her coach’s game plan for the day. She says trying to think of the event as “just another match” had definitely helped her cause at winning the WTA 250 event.

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Fueled By A Need To Succeed

The young star said she played an incredible first set and that this had egged her on to keep going and do more. By the time the second set arrived, her opponent had however started to pick up her game, making fewer mistakes and playing slightly more prominently on the defense. This, said Fernandez, had led her to match whatever she could, and ultimately stick to her own plan during the final key moments of the game.

The young star has only ever lost a single tournament final appearance. The big disappointment came when she fell to Heather Watson of Great Britain in the 2020 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, in Acapulco. Fernandez said the weekend’s victory had definitely been fueled by some of the emotions she had experienced in Acapulco. Those emotions helped, explained the young Canadian.

Fernandez actually faced little opposition from her Swiss counterpart, easily winning all first five games of the opening set. So much of a non-event had been Golubic’s counterattack, that the Swiss won her first game only 31 minutes into the match. But by that time, Fernandez had obviously already secured the set.

The Canadian eventually aced the victory after taking a 5-4 lead in the second set before serving out the contest.

Miami Open Up Next

But the 18-year-old won’t have too much time to bask in the joy of Sunday’s victory. She’s already due to land in Florida for the Miami Open on Monday, where she’s due to contest a qualifying match against Mihaela Buzarnescu (Romania) on the afternoon of her arrival.

As for how the Canadian teen feels about the unforgivingly tight schedule, she says she’s decided to simply take it one hour at a time.

Fernandez has now risen to a new career-high 69th position in the world in the WTA rankings. Her opponent, however, will be slumping from world No. 102 to world No. 89.

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