16 year old Filipino tennis player from Canada triumphant at French Open

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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.




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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.

Leylah Annie Fernandez
Leylah Annie Fernandez with Clara Tauson. Photo by Paul Zimmer

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