Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada has advanced to the third round of the French Open, after defeating No. 47 Polona Hercog of Slovenia 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on Thursday October 1, 2020.
18 year old Fernandez fell in the first round of her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open, and lost in the second round of the US Open.
“These two players are great players, both Top 50 players for a reason so it wasn’t going to be easy.Fernandez told reporters after her win. “I’m happy to get that one more ball back in and fight through the end.”
Fernandez joins fellow Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the third round on Friday, October 2, 2020. Fernandez will face Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.
Fernandez spoke highly of Kvitova, finding her to be an inspiration after winning the Wimbledon Championship.
Fernandez is currently ranked No. 100. She has found it difficult jumping to the pros.
“It’s honestly really difficult transitioning from juniors to professionals,” Fernandez said. “I know Coco makes it seems like its’ easy but it’s hard. You’ve got to get used to the pace, to the heaviness of the balls. Juniors is still fast and still heavy, but not the same as the pros.”
LEYLAH ANNIE FERNANDEZ OPENS WITH UPSET WIN AT FRENCH OPEN
2020-09-28 – Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada defeated Magda Linette of Poland in her main-draw debut at the French Open on Monday, September 28, 2020.
The 18 year old Canadian from Laval, QC won the girls’ tournament at the Grand Slam in 2019 before joining the women’s ranks.
“I’m actually pretty pleased with myself with the win today. I’ve been having some success in the past few years here in Paris, and I was just trying to use that energy, and that positive vibe that I feel over here, and push through in the second and the third set,” Fernandez told the press after defeating Linette.
Her victory marked the second straight Grand Slam where Fernandez emerged victorious.
The world No. 100 was defeated by Sofia Kenin in the second round of the US Open.
Looking back, Fernandez said that she felt confident going into the match.
“I’ve always believed that I can win the match. Even though I was losing 1-4, 1-5 in the first set, I always thought like I can come back and win the first set,” Fernandez said. “But Magda, she played a great first set, a great match, and I guess when I came back in the second set, right from the start I knew I can still turn it around, and with that mindset that I had it helped a lot.”
Fernandez will next play world No. 47 Polona Hercog of Slovenia in the second round at Roland Garros.
LEYLAH ANNIE FERNANDEZ STATISTICS
Fernandez is a Canadian tennis player. She has a career High WTA singles ranking of 126, and a career-high WTA doubles ranking of 284.
Birthday: 6 September 2002
Place of Birth: Montreal, QC
Languages spoken: Spanish, French and English
Prize Money YTD 2020: $84,553
Prize Money Career: $140,901
Win / Loss Singles YTD 2020: 10 / 4
Win / Loss Singles Career: 71 / 42
Career High Rank: #126
LEYLAH ANNIE FERNANDEZ REACHES QUARTERFINALS AT MONTEREY OPEN IN MEXICO
Fernandez reached the quarterfinals at the Monterrey Open in Mexico.
Fernandez defeated Sloane Stephens from the US on March 4, 2020 at the Abierto GNP Seguros tournament, taking the Round of 16 match in three sets.
Fernandez is currently ranked 126th in the world, defeating Stephens 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3 at the Monterrey Open.
Fernandez will face one of two opponents in the quarterfinals: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine or Olga Govortsova of Belarus.
LEYLAH ANNIE FERNANDEZ JUNIOR CAREER
At the Australian Open Girls’ Singles Final, Fernandez lost to Clara Taunton, 4-6, 3-6.
At the French Open Girls’ Singles Final, Fernandez defeated Emma Navarro 6-3, 6-2, becoming the first Canadian female tennis player to win a junior Grand Slam since 2012, when Eugenie Bouchard won at Wimbledon in 2012.
LEYLAH ANNIE FERNANDEZ PROFESSIONAL CAREER
At the $25,000 Gatineau National Bank ITF Challenger, Fernandez defeated Carson Branstine 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Together with Rebecca Marino, Fernandez won her first professional doubles title in 2019, defeating Marcela Zacarias and Hsu Chieh-Yu.
Fernandez made her second consecutive ITF Final in Granby, but lost to Lizette Cabrera.
The 2020 Australian Open marked Fernandez’s Grand Slam debut, losing to Lauren Davis.
Her biggest victory to date was at the Fed Cup Qualifying Round when she defeated Belinda Bencic, 6-2, 7-6.
She made it to her first WTA final, but was defeated by Heather Watson, 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-1.
LEYLAH ANNIE FERNANDEZ PERSONAL LIFE
Fernandez’s father Jorge Fernandez is Ecuadorian, while her mother Irene Fernandez, was born in Toronto to Filipino immigrants.
Leylah Annie Fernandez was triumphant in the French Open, claiming the girl’s singles title on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Fernandez defeated Number 8 seeded Emma Navarro 6-3, 6-2 to win the French Open.
LEYLAH ANNIE FERNANDEZ FRENCH OPEN
Fernandez was the top-seeded tennis player at this year’s French Open.
She was able to reach the final, after winning every set in the tournament and defeating Number 3 seeded Maria Camila Osorio Serrano to advance to the final.
Fernandez, from Montreal, Quebec defeated Navarro in 85 minutes.
LEYLAH ANNIE FERNANDEZ GRAND SLAM
The 16 year old Montreal native is only the sixth Canadian to advance to the Garros junior final.
It was her second appearance at the Grand Slam final, she made it to the Aussie Open Final in January 2019, but was defeated by Clara Tauson from Denmark.
LEYLAH ANNIE FERNANDEZ AUSSIE OPEN FINAL
Fernandez’s defeat at the hands of Tauson only served to strengthen her resolve coming into the French Open.
Talking to WTA Tennis, her only objective was to win a Junior Grand Slam.
Fernandez became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam since 2016, when Felix Auger-Aliassime won the US Open.
She joins the ranks of Eugenie Bouchard as the only Canadians to win a junior girls Grand Slam title. Bouchard won Wimbledon in 2012.
LEYLAH ANNIE FERNANDEZ WIMBELDON
Tennis Canada’s Tom Tebbut said that Fernandez will next compete in women’s tennis events in Canada this coming July.
LEYLAH ANNIE FERNANDEZ TENNIS CANADA
With her French Open victory, Fernandez joins the ranks of up and coming Canadian tennis stars making waves on the world stage.
LEYLAH ANNIE FERNANDEZ AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez from made it to the Australian Open junior girls’ final after defeating Russian Anastasia Tikhonova, 6-1, 6-3 in just an hour and seven minutes.
Fernandez started playing tennis at the age of 5. She is from Montreal, QC and according to her International Tennis Profile ITF, she “enjoys thriller & mystery movies, 80s music and is a big fan of Real Madrid.”
Fernandez’s mum is Filipino, her dad is Ecuadorian. She speaks English, French and Spanish.
Fernandez won five straight matches at the Australian Open to reach the junior girls finals.
Fernandez is currently seeded fourth in the junior tournament.
Fernandez will be facing #1 Denmark’s Clara Tauson at the junior girls finals.
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