World No. 21 Leylah Fernandez admits it was a "magical night" for her last Sunday in Monterrey. Fernandez, 19, lifted her maiden WTA title last year in Monterrey. This year, Fernandez returned to Monterrey as the defending champion.
Fernandez didn't disappoint as she defended her Monterrey title and clinched her second WTA title. Fernandez defended her Monterrey title in style as she saved five match points in the final to beat Camila Osorio. "They were covering the seats with tarps with the tournament logo.
When I won, there was only the volunteers and the ball kids in the stands," Fernandez said.
Fernandez won Monterrey, now taking it match by match in Indian Wells
Fernandez dropped the opening set but recovered to defeat Osorio 6-7 (5) 6-4 7-6 (3).
Osorio had five match points in the third set but Fernandez saved them all and then dominated the tie-break to complete a comeback win. "It was magical. Fans, everybody who understands sport know it's just like a battlefield.
So we're both going at it and they're enjoying it a lot. Half the stadium was for me, the other half for her. It had that soccer kind of environment, which I love. It was great to feel that energy, see how everybody's enjoying it.
I think that's why we play sport, just to try to make that happen for everybody," Fernandez recalled. Fernandez, seeded at No. 18, had a first round bye at the Indian Wells Masters. Fernandez is set for a tough opener as she is set to battle rising American star Amanda Anisimova in the Indian Wells second round.
Fernandez made her Indian Wells debut last year, when she made the round-of-16 before losing to Shelby Rogers. "Just taking one match at a time, not be thinking about any results. Have fun on the court, and hopefully, there will be a nice little pattern," Fernandez noted.