Dad and coach Jorge Fernandez acknowledged he was proud of his daughter Leylah Fernandez following her run at the US Open. Fernandez, 19, made the US Open final before losing to 18-year-old Emma Raducanu in straight sets.
En route to making the US Open final, Fernandez stunned Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka. “We are always proud when we have good results. Me, I am proud of my daughter regardless of whether she wins or loses.
She never gave up (to become pro)," Jorge told Tennis Majors. "Are we satisfied with a second place, or we say to ourselves that we had opportunities but that we did not do the necessary work for more?" For us, a GC final doesn't change anything.
We go back to work."
Fernandez gave credit to Raducanu after the US Open final
"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 in her press conference after the final. "But hopefully I'll be back next year." Aftwr the loss, Fernandez admitted she was disappointed and said it would take time for her to overcome the loss.
"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."