Leylah Fernandez Reflects on Her First Victory After US Open 2021 Loss

Published 10/09/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Sep 9, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada waves to the crowd after her match against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus (not pictured) on day eleven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


19-year-old Leylah Fernandez got off to a great start at the Indian Wells 2021. Facing Alize Cornet in the second match of the tournament, she thrashed her in straight sets and enjoyed an easy victory. The final scoreline of the match was 6-2, 6-3.

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Leylah Fernandez enjoyed a superb 71% win percentage on her second serve. In addition, she was able to convert five out of the nine break-points in the match and thus dominated the entire match.

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“Fights for every point”- Leylah Fernandez on Alize Cornet

In the post-match interview, Fernandez revealed that the victory against Cornet boosted her confidence. She highlighted that the French woman is a really tough opponent who fights for every single point.

“It does give me a lot of confidence because Alizé, she’s a very tough opponent. I’ve watched her play on tour. She fights for every point,” said Fernandez in the interview.

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Fernandez opens up about her training sessions with Cornet

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In the same interview, the Canadian star also talked about her earlier practice sessions with Cornet. She mentioned that since she had hit the net with the French woman before; she knew that she would really have to play her best tennis in order to defeat her at the Indian Wells 2021.

Sep 9, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada serves against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus (not pictured). Day eleven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

“I’ve practiced with her, too. We’ve had some tough practice matches. I knew that today was going to be hard,” added the US Open 2021 runner-up.

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After defeating Alize Cornet at the Indian Wells 2021, Leylah Fernandez will now play against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the third round of the tournament. Fans have really huge expectations from her and want her to continue playing with the same kind of momentum. Will she be able to achieve glory in Indian Wells this year?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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