Leylah Fernandez: I’m always hard on myself

US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez admitted she didn’t play her best tennis against Anastasia Pavlyuvhenkova but she was happy that she managed to survive a tough challenge. 

Fernandez, ranked at No. 28 in the world, recovered from a set down and beat No. 9 seed Pavlyuchenkova 5-7 6-3 6-4 and reach the Indian Wells Masters round-of-16. 

“I think the whole game maybe technically I was a little uncomfortable,2 Fernandez said after the match, per Tennis Majors. “Tonight wasn’t the best feeling ball-wise. She was hitting well her targets. I was missing them by maybe an inch or two. That definitely made a difference in the first set. I’m not going to be playing my best tennis all the time. I know where my level is at during trainings, I know what I can produce on court. I’m always hard on myself, which is good and bad. I’m learning to kind of accept the good and the bad, seeing what I can improve on.”

Fernandez focused on her next match 

Fernandez will be battling American Shelby Rogers for a place in the Indian Wells quarterfinal. 

“That’s what’s important right now, that I know I can do a lot better, and I know tomorrow is going to be a new day a new match, new training session so I can get better for my next match,” Fernandez added. 

In Indian Wells, Fernandez revealed she always wanted to do something “special” on the court. 

“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.