“[My dad and I] have had our moments with really intense discussions, but at the end of the day, I know I always have a lot to learn,” noted the 18-year-old, who does not take these sacrifices lightly. Fernandez will next face No. 5 Belinda Bencic in Canada’s Fed Cup tie against Switzerland. She sits down with us to talk about her heritage and her future in this sport. 69 Heather Watson. Fernandez père also knows there’s only so far he can take his daughter as a coach and has already started looking for someone to help him. Engage in respectful discussions on the U.S. election on our dedicated Facebook page, Use of this Website assumes acceptance of Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy, Published Thursday, October 1, 2020 2:19PM EDT, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard books spot in third round at French Open, Serena Williams pulls out of French Open with hurt Achilles, Clipped wings: Virus turns tennis pros' flights into ordeals, Canadian Vasek Pospisil drops first-round match to No.

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(Mark Blinch / THE CANADIAN PRESS). Fernandez made her Grand Slam debut at the 2020 Australian Open. "I mean, I play an aggressive game, I like to step in, and I mean he just had so much time. When asked what she's happiest about, Fernandez said, ""Mostly my fight and hard work. With her father as her main coach, Fernandez quickly rose up the ranks as a promising junior, winning provincial, national and international titles, including the 2019 French Open Girls’ Singles title. "Canadian Fernandez loses to top seed in Australian Open junior final", "Canadian Fernandez wins junior title in Paris", "Leylah Annie Fernandez sweeps titles at Gatineau tennis Challenger", "Laval's Fernandez defeats Montrealer Abanda to reach Granby final", "Laval's Fernandez makes Grand Slam debut at Australian Open", "Canadian tennis starlet Leylah Annie Fernandez confident after stunning Bencic", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Leylah_Annie_Fernandez&oldid=983081271, Canadian sportspeople of Filipino descent, Grand Slam (tennis) champions in girls' singles, Short description is different from Wikidata, ITF template using Wikidata property P8618, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 October 2020, at 03:50.

Nick Gabaldón very nearly changed the entire face of modern surfing. Bouchard will face world No. “I didn’t feel like I was in a different country [or] in an unknown place, even if it was my first time in Mexico. “With my legacy, I would like to inspire some federations to not always look at the stature of a player—how big and strong they are—but more about the talents and the work on their game.

The most hardcore soccer fans in the world may just be the closest family in sports. 54 Iga Swiatek of Poland on Friday. “The crowd was just so intense that I loved the atmosphere, and just being able to experience that at 17 years old in a big stadium helped me [to realize] that not everybody will be on my side, but I just have to keep focusing on my game and keep working harder.”. With a newfound confidence in her abilities, Fernandez received a last-minute wildcard into the qualifying draw of the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presentado por HSBC, which allowed her to travel to Acapulco for the first time in mid-February. After taking the time to reconnect with her family, the 18-year-old later reflected on the role that her diverse upbringing played on shaping the person that she is today, adding that “I never really felt like I needed to do something more or I needed to be someone specifically [to fit within a certain group].”, “I am a proud Canadian, [and] I have the heritage of two incredible cultures.

While her long-term goals are to become No. 284 on 3 February 2020. A few years ago, the family moved from their home in Laval, QC to a small apartment in Boynton Beach, FL, where the sisters share a room and have year-round access to public courts. [6] She picked up the biggest win of her career to date the following week in the Fed Cup qualifying round against No. Fernandez's father Jorge is from Ecuador and is a former soccer player, and her younger sister Bianca Jolie is also a tennis player.

On 25 January 2019, Fernandez made it to the Australian Open Girls' Singles Final, where she lost to the top seeded Clara Tauson. Will Navarro is a rising star in sports photography and his story is as inspiring as his images. 47 Polona Hercog of Slovenia 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on Thursday at the French Open. Walmart Canada ends price-matching program, sparking consumer outrage, U.S. government to execute first woman since 1953, 'Home Improvement' actor Zachery Ty Bryan charged with strangulation, assault, The legal reckoning Trump could face if he loses the election. 1 ranked junior in the world and immediately decided to start making the full-time transition to the pro tour. Fernandez joins Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., in the third round.

“To see how our cultures—because [part of] my family’s culture is Ecuadorian-Peruvian and they’re Mexican—connect with each other was cool.”. PARIS -- I mean, after a five-hour match I have to play doubles now. Juniors is still fast and still heavy, but not the same as the pros.". CTV National News: History teacher murdered, CTV National News: Trump rallies in Michigan, CTV National News for Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. “He’s always telling the truth and he’s there to help me and to push me to achieve my dreams and goals, and I think that some coaches don’t want to cross that boundary [of being extremely direct].”.

Meanwhile, Canada's Denis Shapovalov, the No. Download the CTV News app now. It's disappointing. 31 seed Magda Linette in the first round) are great players ... both top-50 players for a reason so it wasn't going to be easy. Leylah Annie Fernandez is dedicated to reaching the highest levels of tennis. I just felt so at ease and I felt how loving and appreciative they were towards tennis and competition,” she noted. 1 in the world and to win as many Grand Slams as possible, Fernandez says that her ultimate goals transcend the sport, especially in a nation that has seen a meteoric rise in players in the last decade. She achieved her career-high doubles ranking of No. Shapovalov missed two chances to serve out the match before falling to Carballes Baena, ranked 101st in the world, in cool conditions. [7] In late February at the Mexican Open, she made it through qualifying and into her first WTA final, where, after winning twelve sets in a row, she was defeated by world No. Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup and Olympic Games are included in win-loss records. On 21 July 2019, Fernandez won her first professional singles tennis title when she rallied to beat fellow Canadian Carson Branstine in the final of the Gatineau National Bank ITF Challenger. Fernandez also won her first professional doubles title on the same date when she teamed with Rebecca Marino of Vancouver.