Promising teen Leylah Fernandez picked up her first career title Sunday in Monterrey, Mexico where she beat qualifier Viktorija Golubic 6-1, 6-4.
The 18-year-old Fernandez didn’t drop a set and was in dominant form in her second career final, cruising in the opening set then breaking the Swiss at 4-all in the second to seal it.
“The last game basically, especially the last two points, I was very nervous there,” Fernandez said. “But I just tried to calm myself, just think about the moment, and try to execute the plan as best as I can. I’m happy that the balls went in for me.”
Both of Fernandez’s career finals have come in Mexico after her runner-up last year in Acapulco where she lost to Heather Watson.
“I just tried to do my best, and tried to use the emotions that I felt last year as fuel to get the win, and it definitely helped today,” Fernandez added.
“It was a family effort for years,” she said. “I was very happy that the hard work and sacrifices that we’ve done since the beginning is paying off, and just hoping there will be many more.”
The 88th-ranked Fernandez will she her new ranking crack the Top 70 for a first time.
Golubic was playing good tennis having just made the finals in Lyon in her last event.
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