Leylah Fernandez admitted that she still can’t get over the US Open final defeat to Emma Raducanu.
Fernandez, 19, suffered a 6-4 6-3 loss to Raducanu in her maiden Grand Slam final.
“I still can‘t accept that defeat, but I learned what I can teach the world and that I can play against the greats,” Fernandez told EFE, as revealed on Tennis Up To Date.
World No. 24 Fernandez admits she has a lot to improve going forward.
“I have to improve my whole game. Improve my forehand, my serve, my volley, all by two or three per cent to be among the 10 in the ranking, among the five, and one day at number one and win a Grand Slam,” Fernandez admitted.
Fernandez knew it would be hard for her
“Well, right now it has sunk in. I am still disappointed. I think this loss, I’m going to carry it for a very long time. I think it will motivate me to do better in training, better for the next opportunity I get,” Fernandez said in her press after the US Open final defeat.
“But, no, I’m very happy with myself, with the way I competed, and the play I played, the way I acted on court the past two weeks. I’ve improved a lot not only tennis-wise but emotionally and mentally.
“I’m happy. Next year hopefully it will be just as good.”
Fernandez said her run was magical despite falling to win the title.
“Yes, it’s definitely magical,” Fernandez noted.
“I think the most important lesson that I’ve learned is how to recuperate after so many great wins in a row. After every win I was so happy, so excited. I just wanted to go back on court and play again.
“I was very lucky to have a great team behind me telling me to calm down, enjoy this win now tonight, then the very next day let’s get back to work. I’m glad that I had that opportunity to learn, to actually know how to organize myself in these moments.”