‘This Girl Has National Pride Like No Other’- Leylah Fernandez’s Thumping Billie Jean King Cup Moment Stirs up Fans as Canada Gears up to Write History

Published 11/11/2023, 9:13 PM EST

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When it comes to upcoming sensations in tennis, there is hardly anyone who will argue about the heroics of Leylah Annie Fernandez. The young powerhouse from Canada impressed everyone after she went straight into the finals of the US Open back in 2021. Now, at 20, she looks completely confident. Her self-assurance was clearly reflected in her recent clashes after she helped Team Canada make their way into the finals of the Billie Jean King Cup.

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What made her journey more interesting was the love that she got from her fans. The tennis community took to social media to applaud the exceptional work done by the Canadian international where she helped her team make it through and keep the country’s hopes alive.

Fans react as Leylah Fernandez single-handedly helps Canada reach the finals of the Billie Jean King Cup

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In a recent series of events, the admin of the Billie Jean King Cup’s official Instagram handle took a moment to share a video where Leylah Fernandez was pumped up with joy and excitement after she went ahead to level the scoreline at the Billie Jean King Cup. This video had the fans off their seats as they could sense the determination and the effort that she put in for the match.

What followed next was pure appreciation and love from her fans and users from around the world. One user said that she has the heart of a lion and that she was proud of the performance pulled up by the team. “Leylah has the heart of a LION. So proud of our team!!” said the user.

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Another user came in and suggested that Leylah Fernandez was the national pride after her heroics helped Team Canada make their way into the finals of the Billie Jean King Cup. “This girl has national pride like no other,” wrote the user. This user came in and suggested that the performance displayed by Leylah on the courts was completely amazing. In an evenly tight contest, she kept her composure and laid her hands on the victory. “What a gritty amazing performance!!!” they wrote.

“Literally nothing makes me happier than @leylahannietennis and her pumped-up exuberance. She always comes to PLAY. Love her,” wrote the user where he mentioned his excitement whenever he sees Leylah playing tennis on the courts. The way she plays and the energy that she brings makes everyone fall in love with her game.

Last but not least, this user came in and compared her with a destroyer on the tennis courts. “Well done Ley…the destroyer,” wrote the fan. He showed his love for the Canadian player while referring her to as an absolute beast. Thus, after her heroics at the BJK Cup, she received lots of love from her fans as they wished her the best of luck for one last clash against Italy in the finals.

Fernandez clinches back-to-back victories at the BJK Cup

Interestingly, Team Canada faced Team Czech Republic in the decisive match at the Billie Jean King Cup. Leylah Fernandez went up against Marketa Vondrousova and won her Singles match in a classic 3-set thriller. The final score line of the match ended 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in favor of the Canadian player.

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However, after she secured her victory, she was right back on the tennis court just hours later to play her doubles match. In a do-or-die situation, she teamed up with Gabrielle Dabroski and defeated the Canadian duo of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova with a scoreline of 7-5, 7-6.

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With this, she became a national hero and will be looking to continue her form when she faces Italy in the finals as well. With just one step away from glory, she would be willing to give her everything to make sure that Team Canada lays their hands on the title.

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Akshat Gaur

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Akshat Gaur is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2021 and has been writing since then. With over two years of experience in the world of sports journalism, specifically tennis journalism, Akshat is someone who is immensely passionate about covering the ATP and the WTA Tour.
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