Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu described Leylah Fernandez's run to the US Open final as "truly amazing." Fernandez, ranked at No. 28 in the world, put up a sensational run at the US Open to make her maiden Grand Slam final.
In the final, Fernandez suffered a straight-set defeat to Emma Raducanu. "Amazing. Truly amazing. I'm super happy for her ... hopefully we'll be playing many finals against each other & with (BJKCup) I think we make a really great team," Andreescu said of Fernandez's run to the US Open final, per Mark Masters.
Fernandez determined to come back stronger
"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 shortly after the US Open final loss.
"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." Also, the 19-year-old Canadian acknowledged that her US Open run was "magical." "Yes, it's definitely magical," Fernandez admitted. "I think the most important lesson that I've learned is how to recuperate after so many great wins in a row.
After every win I was so happy, so excited. I just wanted to go back on court and play again. "I was very lucky to have a great team behind me telling me to calm down, enjoy this win now tonight, then the very next day let's get back to work. I'm glad that I had that opportunity to learn, to actually know how to organize myself in these moments."