Canadian Leila Fernandez, who reached the finals of the US Open, highlighted the progress of Spaniard Garbine Muguruza and Paula Padusa, “two different players who teach the public that there is no one way to play.”
Lille, who knew she had to improve her game to establish herself among the world’s first, praised the high performances of the 2021 season by Garbine Muguruza, who climbed to third in the standings, and Paula Padusa, eighth, who reached the semi-finals. From the Teachers’ Championship in Guadalajara and in the case of Muguruza, he won the title.
“Paola and Garbine are great players and it’s good to see different players in the top 10, different styles to teach the public that there is no one way to play,” he said, referring to Spanish tennis.
The US Open finalist assumes she must advance in all aspects of tennis. “I have to improve my whole game. Improve my forehands, my serving positions, my shooting, all by two or three percent to be in the 10th in the standings, between five, one day in first and win a Grand Slam.”
The 19-year-old Fernandez was one of the fastest growing players in the 2021 season in which she won the Monterrey Open and reached the US Open final, which she lost to Britain’s Inma Raducano.
“I still can’t accept that defeat, but I learned what I can teach the world and that I can play against the greats,” said the Canadian, ranked 24 in the world.
In February 2022, Fernandez will return to the Monterrey Open, which he has already won, and in which he must face opponents such as Russia’s 11th seed Anastasia Pavlochenkova, and Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, 15th.
“I am happy to play this tournament again, it is important for me. Mexico is like my second home, in Monterrey I won my first title.”
Leila insisted her goal is to play on the big courts with the people who support her or her opponent and hopes to win more titles in 2022 and add to the ones she has as a professional, in Monterrey, where she defeated 6-1, 6-4 to Switzerland’s Victoria Golubec.
The tennis player has revealed that she is working hard physically, which will allow her to withstand the demands of the WTA Tour.
“The main thing is to be healthy all year round,” he concluded.
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