Fernandez loses final but wins hearts
⭐️HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW⭐️
- Canadian Leylah Fernandez finished second at the 2021 U.S. Open.
- She’s only 19, but her post-game interview attracted lots of attention online.
- Turns out, she could have done that interview in two other languages!
- And did you know she’s shorter than the average pro tennis player?
- Keep reading for more fun facts. ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️
Leylah Fernandez made history at the U.S. Open tennis championship last week when she became the second Canadian woman ever to make it to the final.
And she’s only 19!
The Quebec teen fell short of winning the title in the final at New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sept. 11, losing 6-4, 6-3 to the U.K.’s Emma Raducanu.
Nonetheless, she had an incredible run and grabbed Canada’s attention with her success!
Many Canadians might not know a lot about Fernandez, so here are five things to know about our new tennis star.
It’s been a big year for Fernandez
You may recognize her name from the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, where Fernandez competed for Canada this past year.
Fernandez competed in the Olympics for the first time in her career this summer. (Image credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
She made it past the first round, but lost in the second round. Only 18 years old at the time, it was a strong Olympic debut.
On top of her first Olympics, Fernandez also got her first WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) Tour win at the 2021 Monterrey Open.
She comes from a diverse family
Fernandez was born in Montreal and is of mixed descent. Her father and coach, Jorge Fernandez, is from Ecuador and her mother, Irene Fernandez, is a Filipino-Canadian.
Her father, a former professional soccer player, has coached Fernandez throughout her career.
Fernandez, right, and her father, Jorge Fernandez, in an Instagram post from February 2020. (Image credit: @leylahannietennis/Instagram)
A fun fact: Fernandez is trilingual! She’s fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Her post-game interview was a hit
Many credit Fernandez with being mature and well-spoken for her age.
This came through during her post-game interview after Saturday’s final, which happened to take place on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the deadly attack on the U.S. that involved the destruction of New York’s World Trade Center.
Fernandez was gracious in defeat, and acknowledged the significance of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in her post-match interview. (Image credit: Elsa/Getty Images)
After falling short in the final, Fernadez had this to say: “I know on this day, it’s especially hard for New York and everyone around the United States. I just want to say that I hope I can be as strong and resilient as New York has been the last 20 years.”
The comment appears to have won her some new fans.
She’s small but mighty
At around five feet five inches, she’s on the shorter side of most professional tennis players.
For comparison, 16 out of the 20 highest-ranked players on the women’s tour coming into the season are listed above 5-9.
Fernandez, left, and Aryna Sabalenka, right, shake hands after their semifinal match on Sept. 9. Sabalenka is six feet tall, compared to Fernandez who is only five feet five inches. (Image credit: Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
While growing up, Fernandez took inspiration from Justine Henin, a Swiss tennis legend who was also 5-5.
“She had the talent, great hands, slices and drop shots to open up the court where not many could,” Fernandez told CBC Sports, “and that inspired me that I could do it, too, and I want to inspire other kids to believe they can do it, too.”
This was her best Grand Slam finish ever
Despite being the runner-up, this is still Fernandez’s best Grand Slam finish, and there are a lot of highlights to pull from the tournament.
She beat two past U.S. Open champions on her way to the final — Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber.
Fernandez received enthusiastic support from the New York crowd. (Image credit: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images)
She also beat the No. 5 seed in the tournament, Elina Svitolina, and the No. 2 seed, Aryna Sabalenka.
It’s been an incredible run for the young tennis star, who has captivated the country with her poise and maturity, and also captured many fans south of the border.
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Garnacho on target as United beats Crystal Palace in League Cup defence
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Seven months after lifting the trophy, Manchester United made a successful start to its defense of the English League Cup on Tuesday by beating Crystal Palace 3-0.
Alejandro Garnacho and Casemiro fired the holders into a 2-0 first-half lead at Old Trafford and Anthony Martial added a third after the break in the third-round match.
It is now back-to-back wins for Erik ten Hag’s team, which has endured a disappointing start to the season.
The dominant performance against an understrength Palace followed Saturday’s narrow victory at Burnley and will give United fans hope the team has turned its form around.
“The mood is always good, but of course when you are not winning at United there is disappointment, and there is frustration, but the togetherness is always there,” Ten Hag said. “We know we are not now in the position where we want to be. So we have to build up, we have to catch up and then you have to go from game to game, working on the process and working on the results. Don’t get too far ahead.”
The League Cup ranks fourth among English soccer’s most important trophies. But Ten Hag still savored last season’s success.
Victory against Newcastle in February’s final at Wembley Stadium ended the club’s six-year wait for a trophy and saw Ten Hag deliver silverware in his first season at the club. He went on to also reach the FA Cup final, only to lose to Manchester City, and also guided United back into the Champions League to mark an impressive campaign.
Things have not gone so well this term, with his team losing four out of five games before beating Burnley 1-0.
This latest victory was far more convincing, even if Palace benched regular starters Marc Guehi, Eberechi Eze and Joachim Anderson and was also without forward Odsonne Edouard.
Ten Hag also made changes with Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Rasmus Hojlund on the bench and Christian Eriksen absent.
Mason Mount, however, made his first appearance since Aug. 19 after returning from an injury.
Garnacho fired United ahead in the 21st minute after converting Diogo Dalot’s cutback in the box.
His low shot had too much power for Palace goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who had only just come on as a substitute for the injured Dean Henderson.
Johnstone was tested again moments later when Dalot blasted an effort from an angle, which the keeper blocked.
He was beaten again, however, in the 27th, this time by Casemiro, who headed in Mount’s corner to double United’s lead.
Martial added a third 10 minutes into the second half when firing across goal after meeting Casemiro’s looping ball to the far post.
United plays Palace again in the Premier League on Saturday and the Londoners showed their threat when twice forcing saves from ‘keeper Andre Onana later in the match. But manager Roy Hodgson did not sound confident about securing a different outcome when the teams next meet.
“We are going to have to become a totally different team in the way we approach the game and the way we play the game,” he said.
Third-division Exeter produced a shock 1-0 win against Luton to knock the Premier League club out of the competition. Luton made 10 changes from the team that picked up its first topflight point of the season against Wolverhampton on Saturday, but the result will still go down as a big upset. Demetri Mitchell scored the winner in the 83rd, but Exeter had to see out the game with 10 men after he was sent off in the 88th.
Wolverhampton was also eliminated after throwing away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at second-division Ipswich. Hwang Hee-Chan and Toti Gomes had seemingly put the visitors on course for the next round after goals inside the first 15 minutes. But Omari Hutchinson, Freddie Ladapo and Jack Taylor sealed a comeback win for Ipswich.
Burnley is still waiting for its first win in the league this season, but it is powering on in the cup after a 4-0 win against Salford City, the fourth division club co-owned by Manchester United greats including David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.
Elsewhere, Middlesbrough beat Bradford 2-0 and Port Vale won 2-1 against Sutton United.
Fourth-division Mansfield beat third-division Peterborough 3-1 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw in regulation time. Lucas Akins’ penalty to even the score in the 93rd had sent the game to a shootout.
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