Young Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernández, acknowledged her disappointment at Saturday's defeat in the US Open final, but was proud of an exceptional tournament in which she beat three of the top five ranked in the world.
I'm still disappointed. I think I am going to carry this defeat for a long time, "Fernández, 19, told the media, after falling 6-4 and 6-3 against the British Emma Raducanu, 18.
“It was definitely a very tough match for both of us. Unfortunately, I made too many mistakes at key moments and she took advantage of it, "acknowledged Fernández, of an Ecuadorian father and Canadian mother of Filipino descent.
"It will motivate me to do better in training, better for the next opportunity I get," said the young figure, who this year won her first WTA tournament in Monterrey and until now had not passed the third round of a Grand Slam.
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Starting from number 73 in the world rankings, the left-handed tennis player knocked down three members of the top-5 of the WTA in two magical weeks in New York: Aryna Sabalenka (2nd), Naomi Osaka (3rd) and Elina Svitolina (5th). No one had accomplished this feat at a Grand Slam since Serena Williams in 2012.
"I am very happy with myself, with the way I have competed, and the game I have played, the way I have performed on the track the last two weeks," she stressed with a smile.
“I have improved a lot, not only tennis, but also emotionally and mentally. I'm happy. I hope that next year is just as good, "he confided.
With her victory Raducanu, number 150 in the world ranking, became the first tennis player to win a Grand Slam since the qualifying phase and the youngest champion Maria Sharapova in 2004.
“Emma is a very good player. He has been playing incredibly these last few months with a lot of confidence, "admitted Fernández.