Leylah Fernandez, 19, says she has high goals for the 2022 season because that’s how she was taugh by her parents.
Fernandez burst onto the big scene a few months ago when she put up a stunning run to make the US Open final.
Fernandez ended runner-up to Emma Raducanu in the US Open final but now she is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 24 in the world.
“I’ve always had those high objectives because my parents said if you don’t set the bar high, then you don’t really believe in yourself. This season is still the same. I want to achieve Top 10, I want be able to play the WTA Finals at the end of the year. Obviously, I want to win a Grand Slam,” Fernandez told WTA Insider.
“But I define success as me enjoying the sport, enjoying my time on the tennis court. As a team, we don’t want to lose that happiness working together. We want to keep that smile, keep that joy for the sport and then finish the year healthy, physically, mentally and also emotionally. That’s success for me.”
Fernandez didn’t feel anything different this preseason
Fernandez became a star overnight following her stunning run at the US Open.
Fernandez was asked given her 2021 success if this past preseason felt any different.
“It actually felt the same. I’m very lucky to have a great team around me to help me do the transition from what I did at the US Open and to kind of forget about it and just focus on the right here, right now,” Fernandez answered.
“We still had our meeting to see how our year went, what our objectives are for next year, what we need to work on. I just felt like any other pre-season and we worked even harder this pre-season than the last few.”