Canada’s Leylah Fernandez has already achieved more than anyone would’ve imagined. She is now on the cusp of history at the 2021 US Open. Defeating seeded players one after the other, she has strongly staked the claim of the next generation. However, her journey has not been easy. She has had to overcome numerous adversities along the way. Recently, the left-handed sensation spoke about the challenge of overcoming the initial hurdles.
Fernandez comes from a very unique background. Her father is Ecuadorian, and her mother is of Filipino descent. Growing up, as Leylah said herself, her family had to go through a lot for her to play. As a result, her mother even had to go to California for a few years just to support the family. Since the Canadian was extremely young back then, it was difficult for her not to see her mother everyday. But all these challenges have finally paid off, as she is now rapidly climbing the ladder on the circuit.
Leylah Fernandez looks back at her childhood challenges
At her semifinal press conference, Fernandez extensively addressed her growth as a tennis player. She spoke about her family’s sacrifices, how she coped with the difficulties via a ‘steel-minded’ mentality, and how she is grateful for the whole experience. “It was definitely hard at first to accept,” quoted the 19-year-old when asked about being separated from her mother at a young age. “But every time that I was on court when I was younger, when that happened, I had that focus, that mentality saying that I’m going to do everything in my power to achieve my dreams, to be closer to my dreams so that we can be together again.
She continued, “I don’t think I only did the job, but also my parents, my dad. He also made the decision one day to pack our things, go to the US so we can be with my mom because it was too much. You know what? I’m just glad that we made the decision of doing that, like having my mom go to California because it made me stronger. I think it made my family too, saying that we’re going to make the sacrifice it’s going to be worth it so I can make that dream possible. I’m just eternally grateful for everything that’s happened to us.”
As the saying goes, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! Leylah Fernandez has shown us how relentless she is right throughout this tournament. If her story doesn’t inspire you, very few things will. Nonetheless, this is most certainly the first chapter of a massive success story.
Leylah Fernandez: Fans chanting my name at Indian Wells Masters felt surreal
US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez admitted that hearing fans chant her name at the Indian Wells Masters felt “surreal.” On Friday, Fernandez played her first match since her outstanding US Open campaign and fans in the stands chanted her name.
Fernandez, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 28 in the world, saw off Alize Cornet 6-2 6-3 to progress into the Indian Wells third round. “It’s surreal. You dream of that happening, but you don’t expect that to happen …
I got goosebumps. Like, even now, my Heart suit is beating so fast … I was so happy,” Fernandez said, per Mark Masters. Fernandez was asked on what did she work after the US Open. “Everything (laughs) … We always try to look for that extra inch, extra millimetre to be better …
We worked on everything,” Fernandez claimed.
Fernandez was thrilled to meet Maria Sharapova
“I was lucky enough to to meet Maria Sharapova at the Met (Gala). We kind of chatted a little bit and she gave me some pretty good advice.
She told me her own experience and the way that she was able to bounce back,” Fernandez revealed. Meanwhile, 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek shared advice for Fernandez and US Open champion Emma Raducanu. “Well I would say balancing all the things you have to do on-court and all the things that [you’ve] been doing for the past years with all that new stuff,” Swiatek explained.
“Because it can overwhelm [you] at the beginning. It was good for me that Roland Garros was the last tournament of the season. I know that [Fernandez and Raducanu] probably have one or two more. “Then they’re going to have a break and they’re going to have time to reflect on [their success].
“Also having the people around you who won’t be pushing you to do more because of public relations or publicity. Just you know maybe staying calm a little bit and waiting for how you will react to all of that.”
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Martina Hingis Used Me! Says Ex Husband to Le Journal du Dimanche
Martina Hingis is happily back to tennis life. After leaving the circuit, she got back to living it. Just in doubles though, and some random single’s appearances in Fed Cup, just to show that despite the years and rust, she still is one of the greatest talents ever witnessed in women’s tennis.
As great as she is on court, Martina over the years has draw attention on her personal life far more than she ought to, with troubled relationships. Now, her former marriage is back on the news, with Martina’s ex husband Thibault Hutin taking on French Le Journal du Dimanche, to reveal that first of all the couple is legally still bonded and secondly that Swiss champion has used him over the years they have been together.
Hingis and Hutin got married in 2010, and while according to the media the Swiss is divorced, legally it appears the couple is yet to tear apart. In 2013 Thibault sued Martina for harassment. Their divorce is yet to be made official, and that hurts Hutin, as reported by JDC.
“My life is trash. I mistakenly left riding to preserve our marriage. I left my passion, there is nothing left. Without my family, I wouldn’t be able to pay my rent” confessed Thibault. When the couple met, Martina had just gotten back from a two-year suspension for cocaine abuse, thus she was quite fragile and not well seen by the media.
“Martina asked me to do interviews with her. Someone told me about her problems briefly, I didn’t know anything about it. Back than things were still tense. She wasn’t allowed to go to tournaments. She needed to rebuild an image.
The marriage with a good Frenchman was perfect at that time. She used me. Thinking about it now it seems obvious”. After more trouble, that including a surprising visit from Hutin to Hingis in New York that didn’t go well, the two separated in 2013.