MONTERREY, Mexico –
Canada’s Leylah Annie Fernandez has defended her title on the Monterrey Open.
The 19-year-old from Laval, Que., defeated Colombia’s Camila Osorio 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(3) Sunday to win the event in Mexico for the second consecutive 12 months.
It is the second WTA title of Fernandez’s profession.
The Canadian misplaced the primary set in a tiebreak and battled again within the second. The prolonged back-and-forth third set, throughout which play was suspended quarter-hour as a result of an influence outage at an important second, noticed Fernandez struggle off 5 championship factors earlier than cruising within the tiebreak.
The match lasted two hours and 52 minutes.
There have been occasions within the third set the place it hardly seemed like Fernandez may pull it off.
The fifth-ranked Osorio broke Fernandez’s serve twice to begin the ultimate set and the Colombian rapidly jumped to a 4-1 lead. Fernandez broke Osorio again within the seventh recreation to chop her opponent’s result in 4-3 earlier than tying the match 4-4.
Down 5-4, Fernandez survived her first match level to power deuce, then tied the match as soon as once more. The visibly pumped up Canadian punched the air as the gang roared.
Then got here the dramatic twelfth recreation throughout which Fernandez, shedding 6-5, fought off three match factors earlier than play was paused — on one more match level — as a result of a partial energy outage involving on-court screens and lights.
When play resumed, Fernandez pressured deuce once more after which despatched the set to a tiebreaker, which she gained 7-3. On championship level, Osorio fired a forehand extensive and the Canadian threw each arms within the air in celebration.
Fernandez has gained her final 10 matches in Monterrey after claiming final 12 months’s title as effectively.
The Canadian, final 12 months’s U.S. Open finalist, broke the Colombian twice within the 44-minute second set to power a 3rd set with the championship on the road.
Fernandez was cruising early within the first set and gave the impression to be in full management of the ultimate. She gained 12 of the primary 16 factors to guide 3-0 and later prolonged that result in 5-3.
Serving for the opening set, the 19-year-old was damaged by Osorio. She later dropped the tiebreaker.
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed March 6, 2022.