Canadian tennis star Leylah Fernandez delivered a great performance on the Monterrey semifinal as she cruised past Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-1 6-4. Fernandez, seeded at No. 2, saw off world No. 69 Haddad Maia 6-1 6-4 to reach the Monterrey final.
With the victory over Haddad Maia, Fernandez improved her Monterrey record to 11-1. In her Monterrey debut - which came in 2020 - Fernandez made the quarterfinal before losing to Elina Svitolina. Last year, Fernandez captured her maiden WTA title in Monterrey.
After beating Haddad Maia, Fernandez admitted there is something special in her game when she plays in Monterrey. "I just enjoy playing tennis in front of fans who love the sport as much as I do," Fernandez said after the match, per the WTA website.
"They cheer me on, they cheer my opponents on, in tough moments the energy on court is so positive. "I can't complain at all when I'm in Mexico. My time here has always been amazing, I've always had fun, I have fond memories.
I can't wait to play more matches here in Mexico, hopefully over the next couple of years."
Fernandez claimed a routine win over Haddad Maia
Fernandez made a strong start to the match, having taken an early 3-0 lead. Haddad Maia served out the fourth game to get on the board but Fernandez then won the following three games to comfortably win the opener.
After easily losing the first set, Haddad Maia served out the opening game of the second set and had a break point in the second game but failed to convert. After failing to convert a break point in the second game, Haddad Maia dropped her service in the third game.
Fernandez then routinely held on to her serve the rest of the match to book a straight-set win. It was the first meeting between Fernandez and Haddad Maia. Haddad Maia couldn't stun Fernandez but still reaching the Monterrey semifinal was by far her best result of the season.