This is not the expected start to the season, not the one expected for Leila Fernandez. To everyone’s surprise, the young Kubeser conceded 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Australian Open. Test your luck once again.
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Dressed in the powder blue of her new sponsor Lulu Lemon, Fernandez faced a rival who won the upper hand in only two of their duels, dating back to 2019. But if you can call this advantage, you must believe that n wins. Has not changed much.
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Despite a huge gap of 100 ranks in the world rankings between the two players – Fernandez 23E English133E -, The match clearly benefited the Australians.
The 19-year-old Qubeser Duel has had problems with his service since its inception. At 3-3 in the first set, she double-faulted twice, giving England a first break that turned the match around, as she gained confidence after the second set.
After the first round, Fernandez already counted 5 double faults and 19 unforced errors, against his opponent 11. Seemingly surprised by the turn of events, Canada’s 2021 Player of the Year was not in the game in the second set. At 2-0 for England, she has yet to score points, it must be said.
Undoubtedly, she continued to fight hard, delivering some heavy and precise strikes. At one point, at the height of the 1573 Arena in Melbourne, we even heard Frank say, “You can do it, go ahead.”
However, it was a waste of time for Fernandez. She had a persistent and at least non-threatening opponent in front of her who closed the books after 1 h 23 minutes of play.
Leila Fernandez won 67% of her first serve and Madison scored 73% for England, saving three break points she faced.
With both hands in the air and a big smile on her lips, the 24-year-old Australian let out a few cries, once victory was in her pocket. For good reason it was the first victory of his career in the Grand Slam main draw.
Fernandez was with a neutral expression when he left the pitch.
Bad start to the season
Fernandez’s journey to the Australian Open is far short of what everyone expected. This is the third year in a row that they have lost in the first round of this Grand Slam.
This is Fernandez’s third clash in 2022. She played two matches at the Adelaide Tournament in early January. After Alexandrova’s victory over Ekaterina, she lost in the 16th round to Iga Svitek of Poland 6-1, 6-2 in two sets.
With this she decided to withdraw from the Sydney tournament. Among the branches, some talked about the injury, but nothing was confirmed by the Fernandez clan.
After an impressive career at the United States Open last September, the youngster will have to face extra pressure this season. She caught everyone’s attention by reaching the grand final, during which time she lost to young Britain’s Emma Raduka.