Canada’s Leylah Annie Fernandez wins first-ever WTA title in Monterrey

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Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez wins first-ever WTA title in Monterrey


MONTERREY, Mexico – Leylah Annie Fernandez wins her first WTA title after beating Swiss qualifier Viktorija Golubic 6-1, 6-4 in the Monterrey Open final on Sunday.
The Canadian teenager needed 89 minutes to defeat Golubic in a match that featured two contestants who hadn’t lost a set throughout the tournament.

But it was Fernandez who extended his streak at Golubic’s expense.

The Laval, Que. Native won the first five games of the first set, facing few problems from her opponent.

Golubic finally won his first game after 31 minutes of play, but Fernandez would win the next point and the set.

Golubic won the first game of the second set, only for Fernandez to win the next two. But Golubic, 28, would then win the next two points to take his first lead of the set. Both players would trade points before a winner from Fernandez tied the second set to four.

Fernandez ultimately won the breaking point, his fourth in five occasions, before earning the chance to serve for the championship. The teenager then closed the match at the championship point.

Fernandez, 18, lost his only other appearance in the tournament final, losing to Britain’s Heather Watson in last year’s Abierto Mexicano Telcel.

Fernandez will now reach 69th in the world in the WTA rankings after Sunday’s victory.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 21, 2021.

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