Leila Fernandez won her second WTA title on Sunday thanks to the power of her character from the start of her career. Qubeser had to wipe out five championship balls before lifting the trophy again in Monterrey.
This 6-7 (5), 6-4 and 7-6 (3) victory at the expense of Colombian Camila Osorio will allow Cubeser to retain the title he won a year ago and the valuable points in the accompanying standings.
But as the score suggests, the final, played in almost three hours, is far from a walk in the park for the defending champion. 6-5, at the final set, Osorio had four chances to finish the game. Earlier in the ninth game she got another.
This fifth match point, Leila also wiped it out under strange circumstances. The intensity of the lights in the Mexican stadium had suddenly dimmed in the middle of the earlier exchange.
The second seed lost the point, but she argued the case with the referee, who also asked to see the officers. She felt that this change in brightness bothered her.
His request was successful and Osorio, ranked fifth and 44th in the world, once again won the title at the end of his rocket. Fernandez had to wait almost twenty minutes for the lighting to fully return, to serve again.
Despite the wait, the 19-year-old did not move. She carried two players in a tiebreaker that she dominated and won that point.
Very moved, the champion of the day shook her fist several times after her coronation was confirmed. A year ago, during her first coronation, she was left-handed …