2021 US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez has accepted a main draw wildcard into the San Diego Open, the tournament announced. The San Diego Open, which is set to hold its inaugural edition next week, is from the WTA 500 category.
The San Diego Open is set to feature several top-10 players and Fernandez didn't make the main draw cut. But the tournament organizers came through for Fernandez and awarded her a main draw wildcard. "I want to thank Tournament Director Ryan Redondo for the wild card.
I’m very happy to be playing in the main draw of the inaugural San Diego Open WTA 500. It’s going to be an exciting tournament with so many Top 20 players entered,” Fernandez said. “We’ve heard so many great things about the event and the venue.
We’re looking forward to an amazing week of women’s professional tennis”.
Fernandez is set to play the first tournament since the US Open
Fernandez, 20, hasn't played since losing in the US Open second round to Liudmila Samsonova.
After being out for three months and missing the start of the North American hard court swing, Fernandez returned to action at the WTA 1000 event in Toronto. In her first tournament back, Fernandez suffered a second-round loss.
Then in Cincinnati, Fernandez was ousted in the first round. Fernandez didn't really have a great preparation for the US Open and she didn't make it far at Flushing Meadows. After returning to the practice court in the last few weeks, Fernandez is set to return to action in San Diego.
The San Diego Open is set to feature a star-studded player field, which includes world No. 1 Iga Swiatek. Fernandez, who hasn't really played much over the last few months, isn't a top favorite for the San Diego title but she can definitely make some noise and potentially do well. It remains to be seen how far can Fernandez go in San Diego.