Leylah Annie Fernandez concludes Billie Jean King Cup victory for Canada over Serbia

Leylah Annie Fernandez concludes Billie Jean King Cup victory for Canada over Serbia

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Leylah Annie Fernandez earned a tied Billie Jean King Cup playoff victory for Canada with a spectacular victory today in Kraljevo, Serbia.
Fernandez, 18, of Laval, Que., Beat Serbian Nina Stojanovic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to give Canada an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the best of five games.

Fernandez, ranked 72nd in the world, was about to have his fifth match point opportunity against Stojanovic, 87th, when some of the lights went out on the inside court.

Stojanovic, on serve and trailing 5-4 in the third set, came back 13 minutes late to earn a long point. But Fernandez won the next two points to finally end a game that lasted two hours 46 minutes.

WATCH | Fernandez beats Serbian Stojanovic:

Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada beat Serbian Nina Stojanovic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday in Kraljevo, Serbia to give Canada a 3-0 lead in the best of five games at the Cup Billie Jean King. 3:55

“I think it was just trying to fool myself that it wasn’t a match point for me, that I wasn’t in the third set,” Fernandez said of his posture attitude. lights. “It was more, let’s win that point, thinking it’s 0-0 or I’m in a set trying to come back. Fight for every point. “

Canada won the draw 4-0 after Toronto’s Carol Zhao and Vancouver’s Rebecca Marino defeated Ivana Jorovic and Aleksandra Krunic 4-6, 6-3, 10-0 in a dead rubber doubles match.

WATCH | Canada sweeps without Andreescu, Dabrowski:

Carol Zhao and Rebecca Marino’s Canadian doubles team defeated Ivana Jorovic and Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 4-6, 6-3, 10-0 in a dead rubber doubles match on Saturday to finish the Billie Jean King Cup with a record of 4-0. 0:29

Canada was deprived of its top singles player, Bianca Andreescu, with an injured foot. Gabriela Dabrowski, Canada’s top doubles player, didn’t play either.

“Honestly, I’m very proud of myself to have been able to get on the nerves of this game,” said Fernandez. “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. “

Marino, 230e, frappe Stojanovic

It was the second long game in a row for Fernandez, who needed two hours 34 minutes to beat Olga Danilovic 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the opener yesterday.

The 230th-ranked Marino then gave Canada a 2-0 lead with a 6-4, 7-6 (6) loss to Stojanovic.

Top-ranked Serbian Stojanovic committed 63 unforced errors against Fernandez. The Canadian had 45 unforced errors.

Fernandez is in the middle of a promising year, having won his first career WTA Tour title last month in Mexico.

“It’s definitely a big boost in confidence. It helps a lot, ”she said. “It wasn’t an easy start to the year for me, but I kept training, improving and I was happy to get my first title a few weeks ago in Mexico. And here to play for my country, to feel those emotions, the support of my teammates… from our country has been extremely helpful. Just winning this weekend has been great for my coming season. ”

Canada advance to qualifying next year, where a victory would secure them a place in the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup final.

The Billie Jean King Cup is the new name of the Fed Cup – the best international women’s team tennis tournament.

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