Leylah Fernandez: I tried to be as calm as Roger Federer when I was younger



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Leylah Fernandez: I tried to be as calm as Roger Federer when I was younger

Rising Canadian star Leylah Fernandez blamed too many mistakes in key moments for her US Open final loss to Emma Raducanu. Fernandez, 19, fell short to Raducanu in straight sets as the 18-year-old Briton won 6-4 6-3 to lift her maiden Grand Slam title, "No, it was definitely a very tough match for the both of us.

I unfortunately made one too many mistakes in key moments and she took advantage of it. Emma played a great tournament, so congratulations to her and her team," Fernandez said. "But hopefully I'll be back next year."

Fernandez admitted that she will carry the US Open loss in her mind for a very long time. "Well, right now it has sunk in. I am still disappointed. I think this loss, I'm going to carry it for a very long time. I think it will motivate me to do better in training, better for the next opportunity I get," Fernandez said.

"But, no, I'm very happy with myself, with the way I competed, and the play I played, the way I acted on court the past two weeks. I've improved a lot not only tennis-wise but emotionally and mentally. "I'm happy.

Next year hopefully it will be just as good."

Fernandez surprised herself

Fernandez was interacting with the crowd throughout her magical US Open run. Fernandez stunned Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka en route to making the US Open final "There's one thing that really surprised me was that the more that I'm more outgoing on court and that I try to get the crowd involved, the more I'm playing well.

Usually when I was younger, I'd try to be as calm as possible, just like Federer," Fernandez said. "I'm glad that I've discovered that of myself, that I play a lot better when I'm more -- not motivated, but when I'm more outgoing and when I'm using the crowd to my advantage."