Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander believes Leylah Fernandez will make many deep runs at the US Open. Fernandez, 19, made her maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open. In the final, Fernandez stood no chance against Emma Raducanu as the rising British star won 6-4 6-3.
Wilander sees the temperament of Rafael Nadal in Fernandez. "For Leylah [Fernandez], this is an early sign that if she stays healthy physically she is going most definitely going to get to a bunch of semi-finals, a bunch of quarter-finals, and finals – and most probably win some – because she has it,” Wilander told Eurosport.
“Mentally Leylah is like a rock, incredible. She has a temperament similar to Rafa Nadal that leaves you asking how do you do that?”
Wilander tips both Fernandez, Raducanu to win Grand Slams
Raducanu has already won one Grand Slams and Wilander believes more Major victories will follow.
“Emma is incredibly talented, physical, has unbelievable timing, tennis IQ, heart and enjoys it. They have both embraced in a way that I cannot put myself in their shoes," Wilander added. “Emma has done it at Wimbledon and the US Open, you can do it at the smaller tournaments but she has done it on the biggest stage which says it all.
“I would say the same about Emma as I would say about Leylah, if she stays fit she is going to win multiple Grand Slam titles. I cannot imagine a player like that not winning three or four majors, I really can’t”.
Wilander also made the comparison between Fernandez and Raducanu. “Raducanu and Fernandez play very similar in a way, if Fernandez was right-handed you wouldn’t see much difference in their styles, they are pretty close in how they play”.
Fernandez climbed up 45 spots to No. 28 in the world, while Raducanu jumped from No. 150 to No. 23.