Canada’s Leyla Fernandez won the Monterey tournament for the second year in a row on Sunday, after an electric final in which she saved five match points against Colombian Camila Osorio.
The last US Open finalist, 19 years old and 21st in the world, won 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) in the end after 2h52 of the match against Sood-20. -Year-Old American (35th).
Osorio moved closer to claiming his second WTA Tour title when he worked in the final set to win the tournament 6–5, but on his fifth match point, Fernández called a timeout complaining of a lighting problem.
A quarter of an hour break to fix the breakdown clearly cut the Colombian’s legs and revived the Canadian who promptly saved this fifth match point and won the deciding tie-break.
Fernandez declared, “The match was very, very difficult, not only physically or tennis terms, but also mentally. Camilla is a very difficult player to face, she is very unpredictable, alternating shots + slices + and High Balls”.
The Montreal native won her second WTA title a year after her first coronation in the metropolis of northeastern Mexico, and seems to have digested her glittering career in New York in September.
At the US Open, she dominated defending champion Naomi Osaka, then world second Aryna Sabalenka, before losing her first Grand Slam final against Briton Emma Radukanu, another novice under 20 years old.
Since then, she has never passed the round of 16 in three tournaments, most notably losing in the first round of the Australian Open in mid-January against Australian Madison Inglis, who was only 133rd in the world.
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