Before Roehampton, last week, Leylah Annie Fernandez had never played on grass. The 15-year-old Canadian did well in this first time, reaching the round of 16 before making her way to Wimbledon.
A nice experience
What was Fernandez expecting of that first experience? “It will be a nice experience”, she said in Montreal, just before leaving for Great Britain. “I have a good game for grass, hitting the ball early, with the slice and the drop shots. So we’ll see how it goes.”
So far, so good for the current number 13 of the Junior rankings, with three matches and two wins under her belt on this new surface ahead of her Wimbledon début.
Fernandez through to the second round
Last month, at her very first Grand Slam appearance, the Canadian reached the semifinals of the Junior French Open, winning all of her matches in straight sets before falling in the same fashion in the last four of the event.
This Monday, Fernandez made her Wimbledon début, a 6-4, 7-6(2) win over Violet Apisah of Papua New Guinea.
However, despite the straight-set victory, the 11th seed was not completely satisfied. “I didn’t play my best. I’ve made a few mistakes here and there that I shouldn’t have done, but I got the win and I’m happy”, she told TSN after the match.
On Tuesday, Fernandez will face Emma Raducanu of Great Britain in the second round. She will also be in doubles action alongside Garbiella Price of the United States. The pair will play their first round against two British players, Danielle Daley and Tanysha Dissanayake.
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