Leylah Fernandez played the best tournament of her career at the 2021 edition of the US Open, in New York. The young Canadian player eliminated players like Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka, before reaching a historicel final.
Unfortunately for her, the icing on the cake was missing, as Emma Raducanu won her first career Grand Slam in Flushing Meadows. Fernandez is now ready to restart from the Indian Wells WTA 1000 and at the conference she talked about many issue, also expressing on Maria Sharapova.
The young Canadian said: “I am very lucky to have a great team supporting me. They are very attentive to me and my evolution. I’m still in shock from everything that’s been happening to me lately. It was a shame to miss the US Open final, but honestly I really want to go back to the tennis court and have more fun like I did a few weeks ago in New York.
Leylah Fernandez: “Maria Sharapova gave me great advice”
This is my first time here in Indian Wells so I’m very excited. I have seen many games and many editions of this on television and I have heard many athletes say that it is one of the best events on the Tour. As I said before, I am looking forward to playing my first match and being able to give my best in this tournament. I can get a very good result.”
Fernandez finally spoke about her meeting with Maria Sharapova. She said: “Sharapova gave me great advice. I don’t want to reveal anything about the conversation we had, because it’s something very personal. What I can say is that Maria is a wonderful person.
She told me about her experience with her and how she managed to recover and she is simply a great person, a source of inspiration for all the young girls who dream of being like her in the future.” We’ll see if Fernandez will be able to confirm her excellent form even in one of the most prestigious tournaments on the major circuit.