Leylah Fernandez Admits US Open 2021 Loss to Emma Raducanu Still ‘Hurts’ Her

Published 10/04/2021, 9:41 AM EDT
Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada (M) argues with WTA director Claire Wood (L) during a medical timeout for Emma Raducanu of Great Britain (R) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez impressed everyone with her performances at the US Open 2021. The teenager showed extremely positive signs when she sprung to the limelight. The left-handed player strikes the ball with real power and has the grit and determination to match it. 

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Recently, Leylah Fernandez reflected on her performance at the US Open this year. She was happy with her performances as there were many positive aspects that she could reflect upon. However, there was a sense of disappointment as she was just one win away from lifting her first-ever Grand Slam title. 

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The 19-year-old spoke on her performance in New York and stated, “I’m happy with what I accomplished at the US Open, but this defeat still hurts me,” admits the Quebecer. I still analyze the match, and I say to myself ‘ah there, I did not do well’, that made the difference in the key moments.”

(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Leylah Fernandez still feels the dents after the loss in New York

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The sense of disappointment still exists in the Canadian player. However, hopefully her great run will serve as a learning curve for the youngster and help her become one of the top players in the world.  

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; (L-R) Leylah Fernandez of Canada and Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrate with the finalist and championship trophy (respectively) after their match in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

During the final Grand Slam of the season, Leylah performed brilliantly. During the course of the event, she managed to knock out three top-five ranked players. One of those players was defending champion, Naomi Osaka. 

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She ended the year on a high, reaching the finals of a Grand Slam event for the first time at the US Open 2021. Both of the finalists, Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez look set to become household names in the future of the game.  

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Rohan Kollare

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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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