Impressed at the crucial moments, Leila Fernandez won her first title of her career on Sunday night’s WTA Tour in Mexico.
In the final of the 250 tournament in Monterrey, Quebecars dominated the Swiss Victoria Golubic 6-1, 6-4.
At the end of the last point, she celebrated. Five minutes later she was not fully appreciative of what had happened, she explained during a trilingual video conference – she speaks French, English and Spanish – with the media after the match.
Or when she sees celebrities and trophies in the court direction.
“I sat down, took a few deep breaths and realized I had won.”
Then the emotion took over.
In Acapulco last year, she lost in the final, losing to Britain’s Heather Watson in three sets. This experience was very helpful to her on Sunday evening.
“Before the game, I was talking to my dad, about the emotions I experienced last year, the frustration. He told me to use it as fuel today and I did, 18 years old he found out. I was able to calm my nerves and my emotions more easily. “
Last year I was a little bored with my mistakes, but this time I was able to think about when to try and execute my game plan as much as possible and it worked.
Lela Annie Fernandez
Montreal has not lost a single heat this week. It will cross 88 this MondayE From 69E World Rank.
Among the great clichs of the sport, the final score does not indicate the appearance of the match. We can not use this time.
Montreal won two different heats.
First, she flew over it. In 35 minutes and dust. However, despite two double errors she may have played the final result in the first 16-point game she won – one of which rarely appears between the pros – and the break point. The tone is set.
The rest of the set, she completely dominated it. Where did this happen? It’s all over. As a reward for service. And mentally, too, she saves the remaining three break points against her in this round.
But when the re-art started, Golubic looked even more objectionable and reduced the number of fouls, Fernandez told a news conference.
More than we deserve to expect.
Because Swiss 102E After winning the world and qualifying, she is already flirting Top 50 (51E In 2017). But, most importantly, she has a strong start to the season.
Ranked 138thE Earlier this year, she lost in the final of the WTA 250 tournament in Lyon. And, including the ITF tournaments (lower tier) and the Australian Open qualifiers, Golubic went on to record a 23-4 record over Fernandez in 2021. In theory, that is not an easy goal.
Quebecker, once again, apologized at crucial moments. And at 4-4, she broke the golubik before closing the books nicely.
“Last time, I didn’t know how she could give back the volleys, but it’s a beautiful point,” the winner commented. I am so happy to be able to win. ”
Especially since the last game – the last two points, in particular – when she felt so nervous, she says. It didn’t seem so obvious.
Two planes, then a match
Leila Annie Fernandez is now 8-4 in 2021.
This success, however, is unfortunate for not being able to underline with those close to him. This is not an easy start to the season.
I hope I can celebrate this trophy with my family at home soon and have a good meal with everyone.
Lela Annie Fernandez
This profit is his 20E His first draw in a major draw on the WTA circuit was recorded for the first time in 2018 against his compatriot Gabriela Dabrowski in Quebec.
The following year, she won the Roland-Garros Jr., becoming the first Canadian to win a Junior Grand Slam since Eugene Bouchard in 2012.
Fernandez did not intend to stop there. Remember that it sets the goal of achieving oneself very ambitiously Top 10 Starting this year.
Also, after this first title she had already started turning the page.
“I’m happy, but now I need to think about how to improve my game,” she told reporters. Hope to win a second title soon. ”
On Sunday evening, she was already jumping on a plane and had to play a qualifying match for this category 1000 from Monday evening there before heading to Miami another Monday morning. She is the second favorite on the qualifying table.
On another note, we are only in March and this is already the third Canadian final in 2021, after Felix Agar-Aliasim in Melbourne and Eugene Bouchard in Guadalajara. Canadian tennis is doing well, it has to be said.