Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina, Aryna Sabalenka. These are some of the opponents Leylah Fernandez beat in the two weeks at the US Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the 2021 season, before losing the finals to her friend Emma Raducanu, who was born in 2002.
A girl who missed the opportunity to win her first prestigious title, also due to poor physical condition due to the many fights related to her opponent, but shows a great talent for defeating very strong players, the top positions in the WTA rankings occupy.
The Canadian has made herself known worldwide for her achievements in the last few days, which fascinate all fans and professionals. Nobody could think of a final between two very young tennis players the evening before, a sign of a very balanced time in the women’s tour.
Before this incredible milestone, she had only reached the third round of the 2020 Grand Slams at Roland Garros. The 19-year-old from Montreal shared an anecdote about a few years ago and her early years: “Usually when I was younger I wanted to be as calm as possible on the pitch, like Roger Federer does in his games.
I was surprised that the more open-minded I am and the more I try to involve the audience, the better I play, ”she said. Fernandez on her path at the New York Slam: “I can’t decide what my best win is here because I’ve done well in several games.”
Federer hinted that he could return early next year
Since he turned pro in 1998, Roger Federer has met opponents from different tennis eras. From Andre Agassi to Rafael Nadal, the Swiss star was involved in many rivalries to establish himself as one of the greatest players of all time.
Earlier this week, Federer appeared in a virtual event with wheelchair players Shingo Kunieda and Gordon Reid. During the event, the 40-year-old explained how Navratilova’s idea of playing online has changed the way players played the game.
He said: “In the past, too, when you look at the women’s or men’s game. If you look at the way Vilas and Borg had rallies, it was back and forth, back and forth. Or Chrissie Evert too, very back and forth.
And then someone like Navratilova and others who always go online comes along, and then other players notice, ‘Oh, that works too.’ ”