Lava, Que., Leylah Annie Fernandez wins first-ever WTA title at Monterrey Open

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Lava, Que., Leylah Annie Fernandez wins first-ever WTA title at Monterrey Open


MONTERREY, MEXICO – Canadian teenager Leylah Annie Fernandez won her first career title on the WTA Tour.
Fernandez, 18, of Laval, Que., Beat Swiss qualifier Viktorija Golubic 6-1, 6-4 in the Monterrey Open final on Sunday.

Fernandez said she tried to focus as much as possible on executing her coach’s game plan, without trying to think about the scale of Sunday’s game.

“I didn’t think it was a final or anything. I just tried to think of it as another game, ”Fernandez said after winning the WTA 250 event.

Fernandez needed 89 minutes to defeat Golubic in a match that featured two players who hadn’t lost a set throughout the tournament.

The Canadian sailed to win 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 easily won the set.

Fernandez beat Golubic to take a 5-4 lead in the second set before serving the game.

“I played an incredible first set,” said Fernandez. “In the second set, she started to resume her game, to make fewer mistakes and to be a little more offensive. I just tried to do as much as I could. I’m happy in those key moments towards the end where I was able to stick with it. my game plan and the balls came for me and I’m happy with it. ”

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

Fernandez said she used the emotions she felt during last year’s loss as fuel for Sunday’s victory.

“It really helped today,” Fernandez said.

The Canadian, however, will not be able to celebrate her victory for long.

Fernandez is expected to be in Florida for the Miami Open on Monday. She is due to play a qualifying match against Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu on Monday afternoon.

“We’re just taking an hour at a time,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez will reach a career 69th world rank 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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