Eugenie Bouchard Congratulates Compatriot and Rising Star Leylah Fernandez for Recent Success at Billie Jean King Cup 2021

Published 04/18/2021, 7:25 AM EDT
Eugene Bouchard of Canada reacts in her second round match against Serena Williams of the United States during day four of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez is in the news for all the right reasons. The 18-year-old helped Canada move into the next round at the Billie Jean King Cup 2021 after beating Serbian player Nina Stojanovic in a thrilling encounter. After losing the opening set, Leylah fought back and won the match 3-6 6-3 6-4. Noticing her amazing effort was none other than her compatriot, Eugenie Bouchard. She shared a post of Tennis Canada on her Instagram account and commented, “Wooo“.

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At the moment, Leylah enjoys a better ranking than Bouchard. Leylah is ranked as the 72nd best player in the world, whereas Eugenie is the World No. 116.

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during the training match in the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Aviva Centre on August 04, 2019, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Anatoliy Cherkasov/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

In the thrilling encounter, despite having served poorly, Leylah still managed to stake a claim and win the match. She served six double faults while her opponent hit eight aces past her. However, it was Fernandez who broke Stojanovic six times during the match.

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Eugenie Bouchard made it to the final at a WTA event

Another prominent Canadian tennis player Bouchard began her season at the Australian Open but did not go past the second qualifying round. Later, she featured at the WT Lyon Open and made an early exit, losing in the opening round. Following that, she took part in the WTA 125K series event in Dubai and reached the final before losing to Spanish tennis player Sara Sorribes Tormo.

 
 
 
 
 
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Leylah Fernandez has impressed since her arrival in 2020

Coming to Leylah, she got her breakthrough at the Grand Slam stage at the 2020 Australian Open. After proceeding from the qualifying rounds, she lost in the first round of the main draw. But good times followed as she registered the biggest win of her career after the Major, beating former World No. 4 Belinda Bencic at the Fed Cup qualifiers.

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She also ended up beating former Grand Slam winner Sloane Stephens at the Monterrey Open. 

In the present season, she competed in Melbourne at the Australian Open but exited after losing in the opening round. Later, the teenager lifted the title at the Monterrey Open without dropping a set. It will be interesting to see how the Canadian duo of Leylah and Eugenie perform in the remainder of the season. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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