Rising Canadian tennis star Leylah Fernandez has revealed that the people around her have tried to minimize the expectations following her stunning run at the US Open.
Fernandez, 19, made her maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open before losing to Emma Raducanu.
En route to making the US Open final, Fernandez stunned Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka.
Fernandez, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 28, is set to return to action at the Indian Wells Masters.
“People around me minimize the expectations after the US Open. Just want to be focus on my tennis path and being ready for the next tournaments. Obviously I had some sponsor tasks, but tennis practice has been the same every day,” Fernandez said, per Lorenzo Ercoli,
Fernandez was disappointed but also happy with herself
“Well, right now it has sunk in. I am still disappointed. I think this loss, I’m going to carry it for a very long time. I think it will motivate me to do better in training, better for the next opportunity I get,” Fernandez said shortly after the US Open final.
“But, no, I’m very happy with myself, with the way I competed, and the play I played, the way I acted on court the past two weeks. I’ve improved a lot not only tennis-wise but emotionally and mentally.
“I’m happy. Next year hopefully it will be just as good.”
Fernandez was surprised by how outgoing she was at the US Open.
“There’s one thing that really surprised me was that the more that I’m more outgoing on court and that I try to get the crowd involved, the more I’m playing well. Usually when I was younger, I’d try to be as calm as possible, just like Federer,” Fernandez said.
“I’m glad that I’ve discovered that of myself, that I play a lot better when I’m more — not motivated, but when I’m more outgoing and when I’m using the crowd to my advantage.”