'Not A Good Day': US Open Finalist Leylah Fernandez Stunned In Melbourne
Muhammad Rameez Published January 18, 2022 | 01:04 PM
Leylah Fernandez said she must "improve in every aspect" after the US Open runner-up was dumped out in the first round of the Australian Open by a wildcard on Tuesday
Melbourne, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Jan, 2022 ) :Leylah Fernandez said she must "improve in every aspect" after the US Open runner-up was dumped out in the first round of the Australian Open by a wildcard on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old Canadian, who lost to fellow teenager Emma Raducanu in the championship decider at Flushing Meadows in September, saw her Melbourne title bid fall at the first hurdle against Australia's 133rd-ranked Maddison Inglis, 6-4, 6-2.
"Today was just not a good day, too many mistakes," said Fernandez, whose stunning exploits in New York where she knocked out defending champion Naomi Osaka and world number two Aryna Sabalenka had earmarked her as a star of the future.
"We had a good pre-season, we worked hard, we improved my tennis game," she added after her return to Grand Slam action turned sour.
"Just leading up to these tournaments, I was just extremely happy with how I was progressing and how I was practising." Fernandez said she was determined to look forward despite her disappointment.
"I can't go back in time," she said.