World No. 28 Leylah Fernandez admitted she always dreamed of doing something special on the court.
Fernandez, 19, drew lots of positive attention this past US Open after making the final at Flushing Meadows.
Fernandez’s run to the US Open title included shock wins over Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka.
Fernandez lost the final match as Emma Raducanu booked a straight-set win the final to lift her maiden Grand Slam title.
“We’re all so hungry to do something on tour. I know from my own experience that I always wanted to do something special on court. To be able to play on court against these champions, these legends and just to put on a good show for everybody and have fun and compete as well as you can. Teenagers are doing so well. We’re just hungry to do something for the WTA. We just want to bring something extra special on Tour,” Fernandez said, per Tennis Up To Date.
Fernandez received advice from Iga Swiatek
Swiatek, 20, also experienced a Grand Slam success early as she made it all the way at the French Open last year.
Swiatek shared advice to Fernandez and Raducanu.
“Well I would say balancing all the things you have to do on-court and all the things that [you’ve] been doing for the past years with all that new stuff,” Swiatek explained, per Tennishead. “Because it can overwhelm [you] at the beginning.
It was good for me that Roland Garros was the last tournament of the season. I know that [Fernandez and Raducanu] probably have one or two more. “Then they’re going to have a break and they’re going to have time to reflect on [their success].
“Also having the people around you who won’t be pushing you to do more because of public relations or publicity. Just you know maybe staying calm a little bit and waiting for how you will react to all of that.”