Tennis Talk – March 2020

Seventeen-year-old Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez has officially made her presence known on the international tennis stage.

At the 2020 Australian Open, Fernandez cruised through the qualifying round without dropping a set to become Canada’s lone representative in the women’s singles draw.

Since then, Fernandez defeated then world No. 5 Belinda Bencic at a Fed Cup qualifier, reaching her first WTA final in Acapulco (losing in three sets to world No. 49 Heather Watson), and stunned former world No. 3 and 2017 US Open Champion Sloane Stephens to reach the quarterfinals in Monterrey last week.

We also can’t forget her doubles title last summer in Gatineau with our very own Rebecca Marino!

The Montreal teenager is now the second-highest ranked Canadian woman at a career-high No. 118, behind the injured No. 6 Bianca Andreescu, and we can’t wait to cheer on another Canadian making waves in the tennis world.

By Aneesa Heatherington