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Sport Tennis-Fernandez caught up in Cinderella moment after U.S. Open run

06:25  15 september  2021
06:25  15 september  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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MONTREAL (Reuters) - After being caught up in a showbiz whirlwind following her unexpected run to the U.S. Open final, Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez said she now feels like Cinderella.

a woman smiling for the camera: Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez speaks after the U.S. Open during a news conference in Montreal © Reuters/CHRISTINNE MUSCHI Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez speaks after the U.S. Open during a news conference in Montreal

The 19-year-old, along with U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu, is being hailed the world over after her electrifying run in Flushing Meadows.

a couple of people posing for the camera: Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez speaks after the U.S. Open, during a news conference in Montreal © Reuters/CHRISTINNE MUSCHI Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez speaks after the U.S. Open, during a news conference in Montreal

Following an intense fortnight, Fernandez let her hair down as she rubbed shoulders with some A-list celebrities at the Met Gala in New York as well as appearing on chat shows. She has also signed new sponsorship deals.

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Either result, a Cinderella was winning the 2021 U . S . Open . It just turned out not to be lefty sweetheart Leylah Fernandez of Canada. It turned out to be the one from Great Britain in maybe a bigger, bloody fairytale. The 18-year-old Emma Raducanu captured the U . S . Open in a straight-set 6-4, 6-3 victory over the 19-year-old Fernandez to cap a perfect three-week run as the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam title. More than three hours after the match, Raducanu finally appeared at her press conference no longer bloody but all glammed up in big earrings, makeup, a sleeveless black jumpsuit.

Tennis star Leylah Fernandez talks to TODAY’ s Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager about the personal significance of competing for Canada in the U . S . Open . She said she can’t wait to reunite with her dad, who is also her coach and that it was a dream being on TODAY because she used to watch it with her mom.

a person looking at the camera: Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez speaks after the U.S. Open, during a news conference in Montreal © Reuters/CHRISTINNE MUSCHI Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez speaks after the U.S. Open, during a news conference in Montreal

"It kind of felt like I was Cinderella," she said of the Met Gala event while sitting alongside fellow Canadian tennis player Felix Auger Aliassime.

"Everything's coming in so fast."

Even though her profile has now reached new heights, there are some things that Canadian does not plan to change -- such as her father Jorge staying on as her main coach.

Jorge, an Ecuador-born soccer player who initially knew little about tennis, helped Fernandez to beat three top five seeds en route to the final, including defending champion Naomi Osaka.

a man and a woman looking at the camera: Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez speaks after the U.S. Open, during a news conference in Montreal © Reuters/CHRISTINNE MUSCHI Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez speaks after the U.S. Open, during a news conference in Montreal

"I'm just lucky to have him as a coach and as a father because he's been there from the very beginning," Fernandez, who has soared from 73rd to 28th in the WTA rankings in just two weeks, told reporters in Montreal.

"He knows me from the start and he knows what to do and when is a good time to take a break and when is a good time to bring others in.

"At the end of the day I know that my dad will be in the big picture for a long time."

At a time when U.S. gymnast Simone Biles and Osaka have put a spotlight on athletes' mental health by disclosing their struggles to cope with the pressure of expectation, Fernandez credited backing from her "team."

"I'm just trying to do what I can do, what I can control," she said.

(Reporting By Allison Lampert in Montreal, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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