Leylah Fernandez

Leylah Fernandez
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Fernandez in 2021
Full nameLeylah Annie Fernandez
Country (sports) Canada
ResidenceBoynton Beach, Florida, US[1]
Born (2002-09-06) September 6, 2002 (age 19)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro2019
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachJorge Fernandez (father)
Prize moneyUS$2,063,772
Singles
Career record104–64 (61.9%)
Career titles1 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 28 (September 13, 2021)
Current rankingNo. 28 (September 13, 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2020, 2021)
French Open3R (2020)
Wimbledon1R (2021)
US OpenF (2021)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2021)
Doubles
Career record30–24 (55.6%)
Career titles0 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 90 (September 13, 2021)
Current rankingNo. 90 (September 13, 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2021)
French Open3R (2021)
Wimbledon1R (2021)
US Open3R (2021)
Team competitions
BJK CupQR (2020), record 3–2
Last updated on: September 11, 2021.

Leylah Annie Fernandez (born September 6, 2002)[1] is a Canadian professional tennis player. She has a career-high Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranking of No. 28 in the world. Fernandez won her first WTA title at the 2021 Monterrey Open. As a 19-year-old, she finished runner-up at the 2021 US Open to fellow teenager Emma Raducanu, defeating three top-5 players en route to the final (including defending champion Naomi Osaka).

Early life

Fernandez was born in Montreal, Quebec.[1] Her father Jorge is from Ecuador and is a former football player. Her mother Irene (née Exevea) is a Filipino Canadian.[2] Her younger sister Bianca Jolie is also a tennis player.[3]

Junior career

On January 25, 2019, Fernandez entered the Australian Open girls' singles final, where she lost to the top-seeded Clara Tauson.[4] On June 8, 2019, Fernandez defeated Emma Navarro in the French Open girls' singles final to become the first Canadian female winner of a junior Grand Slam title since Eugenie Bouchard at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.[3]

Professional career

2019: Professional debut

On July 21, 2019, Fernandez won her first professional singles tennis title when she rallied to beat fellow Canadian Carson Branstine in the final of the Gatineau Challenger. Fernandez also won her first professional doubles title on the same date when she teamed with Rebecca Marino of Vancouver. The pair defeated the second-seeded team of Marcela Zacarías of Mexico and Hsu Chieh-yu of Taiwan.[5] The following week, she made her second consecutive ITF final in Granby,[6] losing to Lizette Cabrera of Australia.

2020: Grand Slam debut, first WTA Tour final, French Open third round

Fernandez made her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open. After qualifying, she lost in the first round to Lauren Davis.[7]

She achieved the biggest win of her career the following week in the Billie Jean King Cup qualifying round against No. 5 in the world, Belinda Bencic.[8]

In late February at the Mexican Open, she qualified and reached her first WTA tournament final, where, after winning 12 sets in a row, she was defeated by world No. 69, Heather Watson. A week later, she upset Grand Slam champion Sloane Stephens to reach the quarterfinals of the Monterrey Open, losing to the eventual champion Elina Svitolina.

2021: First WTA title and US Open final

Fernandez began 2021 without consecutive wins in her first four tournaments. However, in March at the Monterrey Open she won her first four matches to reach the final, defeating Viktorija Golubic to win the first WTA title of her career. At 18 years old, she was the youngest player in the main draw, and won without dropping a set during the tournament.[9][10]

At the US Open, Fernandez became a fan favorite due to her unexpected success as an underdog.[11][12] She defeated the third seed and defending champion, Naomi Osaka in three sets in the third round,[13] former world No. 1 and three-time major champion Angelique Kerber in the fourth round in three sets,[14] and fifth seed Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals, again in three sets, to reach her maiden major semifinal a day after her 19th birthday. She then defeated Aryna Sabalenka, the second seed, to reach her first major final[15] and in the process became the first player born in 2002 to reach the final. It was the third time in the Open Era that a woman defeated three of the top five seeds at the US Open.[citation needed] In the final she lost to fellow teenager Emma Raducanu in straight sets.[16]

Personal life

Fernandez is a fan of Spanish soccer team Real Madrid, and English soccer team Manchester City.[17]

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Billie Jean King Cup and Olympic Games are included in win/loss records.[18]

Singles

Current after the 2021 US Open.

Tournament 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
French Open A A 3R 2R 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Wimbledon A A NH 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
US Open A A 2R F 0 / 2 7–2 78%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 3–3 7–4 0 / 7 10–7 59%
National representation
Summer Olympics Not Held 2R 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Billie Jean King Cup A PO QR PO 0 / 0 3–2 60%
WTA 1000 tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Miami Open A A NH Q1 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Madrid Open A A NH Q1 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Italian Open A A Q1 Q1 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Canadian Open Q2 1R NH 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Cincinnati Open A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–2 0 / 4 0–4 0%
Career statistics
Tournaments 1 2 7 14 Career total: 24
Titles 0 0 0 1 Career total: 1
Finals 0 0 1 2 Career total: 3
Overall Win–Loss 1–1 0–3 11–8 21–13 1 / 24 33–25 57%
Year-end ranking 487 209 88 $413,017

Doubles

Tournament 2020 2021 SR W–L Win%
Australian Open A 3R 0 / 1 2–1 67%
French Open 1R 3R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Wimbledon NH 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
US Open A 3R 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Win–Loss 0–1 5–4 0 / 5 5–5 50%

Grand Slam tournament finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2021 US Open Hard United Kingdom Emma Raducanu 4–6, 3–6

WTA career finals

Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 / WTA 1000 (0–0)
Premier / WTA 500 (0–0)
International / WTA 250 (1–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–2)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2020 Mexican Open, Mexico International Hard United Kingdom Heather Watson 4–6, 7–6(8), 1–6
Win 1–1 Mar 2021 Monterrey Open, Mexico WTA 250 Hard Switzerland Viktorija Golubic 6–1, 6–4
Loss 1–2 Sep 2021 US Open, United States Grand Slam Hard United Kingdom Emma Raducanu 4–6, 3–6

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 3 (1 title, 2 runner–ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments (0–0)
$80,000 tournaments (0–1)
$60,000 tournaments (0–0)
$25,000 tournaments (1–1)
$15,000 tournaments (0–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2019 ITF Gatineau, Canada 25,000 Hard Canada Carson Branstine 3–6, 6–1, 6–2
Loss 1–1 Jul 2019 Challenger de Granby, Canada 80,000 Hard Australia Lizette Cabrera 1–6, 4–6
Loss 1–2 Oct 2019 ITF Waco, United States 25,000 Hard Mexico Fernanda Contreras 3–6, 6–2, 1–6

Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2019 ITF Gatineau, Canada 25,000 Hard Canada Rebecca Marino Chinese Taipei Hsu Chieh-yu
Mexico Marcela Zacarias
7–6(5), 6–3
Win 2–0 Oct 2019 Challenger de Saguenay, Canada 60,000 Hard (i) Canada Mélodie Collard United Kingdom Samantha Murray Sharan
Netherlands Bibiane Schoofs
7–6(3), 6–2
Loss 2–1 Nov 2019 Tevlin Challenger, Canada 60,000 Hard (i) Canada Mélodie Collard United States Robin Anderson
France Jessika Ponchet
6–7 (7), 2–6
Loss 2–2 Oct 2020 ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 15,000 Hard Canada Bianca Fernandez Russia Veronika Pepelyaeva
Russia Anastasia Tikhonova
6–4, 3–6, [6–10]

Junior Grand Slam finals

Girls' singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner–up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2019 Australian Open Hard Denmark Clara Tauson 4–6, 3–6
Win 2019 French Open Clay United States Emma Navarro 6–3, 6–2

Best Grand Slam singles results details

Record vs. top-ten ranked players

Active players are in boldface.[19]

Player Years Record Win % Hard Clay Grass Last Match
Number 1 ranked players
Germany Angelique Kerber 2021 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (4–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–2) at 2021 US Open
Japan Naomi Osaka 2021 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (5–7, 7–6(7–2), 6–4) at 2021 US Open
Number 2 ranked players
Belarus Aryna Sabalenka 2021 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (7–6(7–3), 4–6, 6–4) at 2021 US Open
Russia Vera Zvonareva 2020 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–4, 7–5) at 2020 French Open
Czech Republic Petra Kvitova 2020 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (5–7, 3–6) at 2020 French Open
Number 3 ranked players
United States Sloane Stephens 2020–21 3–0 100% 3–0 Won (6–3, 6–1) at 2021 Melbourne
Ukraine Elina Svitolina 2020–21 1–1 50% 1–1 Won (6–3, 3–6, 7–6(7–5)) at 2021 US Open
Number 4 ranked players
Switzerland Belinda Bencic 2020 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–2, 7–6(7–3)) at 2020 Billie Jean King Cup
Canada Bianca Andreescu 2018 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (1–6, 4–6) at 2018 Granby
United States Sofia Kenin 2020 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (4–6, 3–6) at 2020 US Open
Number 5 ranked players
Latvia Jelena Ostapenko 2021 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (1–6, 2–6) at 2021 Wimbledon
Number 7 ranked players
United States Madison Keys 2021 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (1–6, 5–7) at 2021 French Open
Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková 2021 0–1 0% 0–1 Lost (2–6, 4–6) at 2021 Tokyo Olympics
Number 9 ranked players
United States CoCo Vandeweghe 2021 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–3, 6–2) at 2021 Monterrey
Total 2018–21 10–7 59% 10–4
(71%)
0–2
(0%)
0–1
(0%)
Statistics correct as of 10 September 2021.

Top 10 wins

Season 2020 2021 Total
Wins 1 3 4
# Opponent Rank Event Surface Rd Score LF Rank
2020
1. Switzerland Belinda Bencic No. 5 Billie Jean King Cup, Switzerland Hard (i) QR 6–2, 7–6(7–3) No. 185
2021
2. Japan Naomi Osaka No. 3 US Open Hard 3R 5–7, 7–6(7–2), 6–4 No. 73
3. Ukraine Elina Svitolina No. 5 US Open Hard QF 6–3, 3–6, 7–6(7–5) No. 73
4. Belarus Aryna Sabalenka No. 2 US Open Hard SF 7–6(7–3), 4–6, 6–4 No. 73

References

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