2021 US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez has underlined that winning Grand Slams and reaching the world No 1 spot will always be her ultimate goals. Fernandez, 20, burst onto the scene a year and a half ago, when she stunningly made the US Open final while ranked around No 70 in the world.
Since then, Fernandez has won WTA 250 title and she also achieved a career-high ranking of No 13 last August. "My goal is to be more consistent in tournaments, to reach the quarterfinals as many times as possible. Beyond this, my goal will always be to be No.
1 in the world, that will always be my goal, in addition to winning Grand Slams. I also I would like to end the year much better physically and mentally," world No 53 Fernandez told Kenny Castro, per Punto de Break.
Fernandez went through a valuable learning experience
After Fernandez finished as runner-up at the 2021 US Open, she thought "everything was going to be perfect." But Fernandez soon realized that not everything would go smoothly.
"I'm happy with the way that I've been performing. I thought everything was going to be perfect. I knew there were going to be a few bumps in the road and I was just going to have to find solutions, go through those tough moments.
I think it was a great learning experience to not only learn about my tennis game, but also about myself, what are things that I enjoy doing, what are the things that has helped me in those moments, trying to keep getting better as a person and enjoying my time on tour," Fernandez said in August.
At the French Open last year, Fernandez made the quarterfinal. But unfortunately for Fernandez, she was hampered by a foot injury and that contributed to her losing to Martina Trevisan. After the French Open, Fernandez was forced to miss the entire grass season.
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