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Massive Controversy Ensues as Canadian WTA Star Leylah Fernandez Stops the Final Down Championship Point – Goes on to Win the Match and the Title in Monterrey

Published 03/06/2022, 9:13 PM EST

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Leylah Fernandez emerged onto the big stage when she finished as the runners-up in the US Open last year. She had an incredible tournament, defeating the likes of Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, and Aryna Sabalenka en route to the final. However, she couldn’t overcome Emma Raducanu in the summit clash. Nonetheless, it was a massive breakthrough for the emerging Canadian.

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Leylah Fernandez is in Mexico to participate in the WTA 250 Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey. She came from behind to win her first title of the season. However, an unusual incident took place midway through the third set.

Summit clash between Leylah Fernandez and Camila Osorio delayed for 10 minutes in Mexico

The Canadian was up against Camila Osorio of Columbia in the finals of the WTA 250 tournament in Monterrey. However, with Fernandez serving at 5-6 40-40 in the 3rd set, an electrical problem took out some of the lights, as well as stream audio and official live scoring. Osorio won the point. However, the Canadian argued with the chair umpire for the point to be replayed.

Subsequently, the match had to be delayed for 10 minutes to fix the issue.


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Fernandez saved the match point as she eventually won the hard-fought final 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (3) in just under three hours.

It was a grueling match, going right down to the wire. The Colombian would be disappointed not to cross the finishing line after putting on an encouraging display against the second seed.


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Fernandez’s 2022 season

The Canadian tennis sensation didn’t have an ideal start to this season. She began this year at the Adelaide International 1 tournament. However, she lost in the second round against Iga Swiatek of Poland.

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Further, in the Australian Open, she suffered a shock defeat against wildcard Maddison Inglis in the opening round. Fernandez would be relieved to come back to form at the right time, especially with the ‘Sunshine Double’ coming up. Can she continue the winning momentum in the coming tournaments? Let us know your views in the comments below.


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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.