Fernandez wanting to return to motion after Sharapova pep speak


Oct 5 (Reuters) – Canada’s Leylah Fernandez, who misplaced within the ultimate of the U.S. Open, stated on Tuesday she has since obtained recommendation from five-times Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova and can’t wait to get again on courtroom.

A day after falling to British teenager Emma Raducanu in final month’s ultimate, Fernandez attended New York’s annual Met Gala the place she had an opportunity to talk with Sharapova.

“She gave me some pretty good advice,” Fernandez, 19, instructed reporters forward of her return to competitors this week at Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Open. “I don’t want to disclose any of it because it’s very personal for me.

“She’s an incredible particular person. She instructed me her personal expertise and the best way that she was in a position to bounce again and she or he’s only a nice particular person, nice inspiration to sort of look as much as.”

Fernandez won the Monterrey Open in March but upped her game considerably in New York where she beat defending champion Naomi Osaka, three-times Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber and world number two Aryna Sabalenka en route to the final.

Against Raducanu, an 18-year-old qualifier making only her second Grand Slam appearance, Fernandez struggled with her serve during a straight sets loss but still showed enough to suggest she could be a lasting force.

Fernandez has since faced a surge in demand for her time since the U.S. Open but credits her team for allowing her to stay focused on tennis.

“I’m very fortunate to have an incredible crew round me to simply let me deal with my craft, on my tennis, and never be overwhelmed with every thing that is going proper now,” said Fernandez.

“Honestly I simply cannot wait to be again on the tennis courtroom competing once more.”

The Canadian has shot up to 28th in the rankings and is the 23rd seed at Indian Wells, where she will get a first-round bye at an event widely considered the unofficial fifth Grand Slam.

While Fernandez’s U.S. Open run has resulted in a slew of new off-court obligations, she admits that it has also opened the door to fun opportunities, including attending the Met Gala.

“That was undoubtedly an expertise to prepare, to placed on the make-up, get the hair finished, placing on the heels for the very first time,” said Fernandez.

“It was slightly arduous to stroll on at first. The one factor on my thoughts going up the steps within the Met was do not fall down. Just stroll one foot in entrance of the opposite.”

Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto
Editing by Toby Davis

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Tennis - Women's Singles - Round 2 - Ariake Tennis Park - Tokyo, Japan - July 26, 2021. Leylah Fernandez of Canada in action during her second round match against Barbora Krejcikova of Czech Republic REUTERS/Mike Segar