Filipino-Canadian tennis player Leylah Annie Fernandez has triumphed over Swiss Viktorija Golubic at the Monterrey Open capturing her first-ever Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) title.
The 18-year-old beat Golubic with a score of 6-1, 6-4 last March 21 (March 22 PHT) in Mexico.
The Laval, Quebec native says she thought of the finals as “any other match.”
“I didn’t think it was a final or anything. I just tried to think of it as another match,” Fernandez said as reported by The Canadian Press.
Although confident, Fernandez admitted to ‘feeling nervous,’ especially in the latter part of the game where she needed two points to claim the title.
“The last game basically, especially the last two points, I was very nervous there,” she shared in her post-match conference with WTA.
However, she notes that she composed herself right after and thought hard on how to best execute her game plan.
“But I just tried to calm myself, just think about the moment, and try to execute the plan as best as I can. I’m happy that the balls went in for me,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez is no stranger to prestigious tennis tournaments, last year she managed to make it into the finals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco but lost to Great Britain’s Heather Watson in the finals match.
However, Fernandez said she used the loss to fuel her title-winning performance at Abierto GNP Seguros’ Monterrey Open.
“It definitely helped today,” she told Sportsnet.
Before ultimately clinching the title from Golubic, Fernandez bested Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo, Viktoria Kuzmova, and Kristina Kucova of Slovak Republic, as well as Coco Vandeweghe from the United States.
After her historic win, Fernandez is set to rise from number 72 in the WTA world rankings to the 69th spot.
Fernandez is expected to travel to Florida for a qualifying match in the Miami Open on March 22 (March 23 PHT).
You can watch Fernandez’s winning rally below.
✨ First WTA title 🔥@leylahfernandez secures her first WTA title 🏆 with a 6-1, 6-4, win over Viktorija Golubic in the Monterrey Open final!
— Team Canada (@TeamCanada) March 22, 2021
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