Tennis Canada

Leylah Annie Fernandez displayed her renowned tenacity and skill in a high-stakes match at the Australian Open, but the result didn’t go her way, with a 7-5, 6-4 loss to American Alycia Parks. 

In this nail-biting encounter, Fernandez, a finalist at the 2021 US Open, entered as the crowd favourite. She faced a formidable opponent in Parks, but every rally showcased Fernandez’s exceptional skill and determination. The Canadian showed off her strategic prowess as she raced to a 5-2 lead, but Parks turned the tide to steal the opening set 7-5. 

Courageous Comeback Attempt 

Fernandez’s match against Parks was a rollercoaster. The Canadian, though struggling with unforced errors, continued to fight. She bravely contended with Parks’ high-speed serves, some reaching 200 km/h, a testament to her exceptional reaction and adaptability. 

The second set was particularly intense. Fernandez, facing a lot of early break points, showed her mental toughness to hang in, even once Parks took the lead. However, the Americans big serving ultimately was too much and Fernandez never managed to reel her in. 

Fernandez’s post-match reflections, marked by both humility and determination, emphasized her commitment to growth and improvement. This experience, though a setback, is a crucial step in her journey toward tennis excellence. 

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Join us in supporting Felix Auger-Aliassime in his second-round match at the Australian Open on Thursday, facing France’s Hugo Grenier. Catch the action live at approximately 23:45 EST Wednesday night. You can watch and support the Canadians competing in Melbourne on TSN and RDS.

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