Canadian professional tennis player Leylah Annie Fernandez was born on September 6, 2002.
Her highest Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rating to date is No. 13, which she attained on 8 August 2022.
At the 2021 Monterrey Open, Fernandez took home her maiden championship on the WTA Tour.
After defeating three top-5 players en route to the 2021 US Open final, where she lost to fellow adolescent Emma Raducanu, she ended in second place (including defending champion Naomi Osaka).
Fernandez was born in the Canadian city of Montreal. Her dad, Jorge, is a former football player from Ecuador.
Irene’s mother, Exevea, is a Canadian Filipino. Bianca Jolie, her younger sister, is a tennis player as well.
Canada’s Leylah Annie Fernandez Out of Olympics After 2nd-Round Loss
As a result, Leylah Annie Fernandez can no longer compete in the Tokyo Olympics.
The 18-year-old from Laval, Quebec was eliminated in the second round after suffering a 6-2, 6-4 defeat at the hands of Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic, the current French Open champion.
After a slow start, Krejcikova took advantage of the Canadian’s difficulties. Krejcikova won the first set 6-2.
And she was up 5-1 in the second when Fernandez claimed the last three games to bring the score to 5-4. And in the tenth game, Krejcikova held serve to seal the deal.
Naomi Osaka of Japan delivered a scary message to her rivals on Monday when she dispatched the 50th-ranked Viktorija Golubic in straight sets.
The second-seeded Japanese player has shown great form this week after returning to competition.
After a two-month sabbatical and embracing her role as one of Japan’s most visible representatives at the Olympics.
Fernandez Won Her First WTA Title in 2021
Fernandez won her first WTA championship in 2021. She won the Monterrey Open at such a young age and without dropping a single set that she was the youngest competitor in the tournament.
As a doubles player, she and her partner Watson advanced to the third round of the Australian Open.
While she and Guiliana Olmos of Mexico also advanced to the third round of the French Open. In June, her singles and doubles rankings were both at their highest points ever.
In her first Olympics, she competed in women’s singles and advanced to the second round.
In his junior year, Fernandez made history by being the first Canadian player in ITF Circuit 25K main draw competition and to advance to and win main draw rounds.
Beginning the year by reaching the final of the Junior Australian Open, 2019 was her breakthrough year.
She became the first Canadian woman to win a junior Grand Slam tournament since 2012 when she triumphed at the Junior French Open after losing in the semifinals at Roland Garros the year prior.
On September 2, 2019, she was ranked first among junior athletes throughout the world.
In the second round, Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez was defeated by Czech player Barbora Krejcikova in straight sets (6-2, 6-4).
The 11th-ranked player in the world, Krejcikova, won both the singles and doubles titles at the 2021 French Open.
Canada will be represented in Tokyo just by the mixed doubles team of Felix Auger-Aliassime and Gabriela Dabrowski.