‘I’m always hungry for results’ – Leylah Fernandez fired up despite Indian Wells exit
Leylah Fernandez reached the fourth round of Indian Wells before defeat to Shelby Rogers, her mind now already focused on the next step.
The Canadian star lost out in a close-fought encounter with the American, 6-2, 1-6, 6-7 (4-7).
Despite the exit, Fernandez continued a strong run of form from the US Open, defeating ninth seed and Roland Garros runer-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to reach the fourth round.
“I’m very grateful for what has happened this year and especially this past month,” Fernandez began in her post-match press conference after defeat to Rogers.
“I’ve been working very hard for the past couple of years trying to get used to the WTA tour, getting the experience, getting the matches in.
“Every time I get on the practice court I always try to find a way to improve something. I’m glad that the past month it’s been going well for me.
“So, I’m not that surprised that the results have been coming in. But, now is the time to regroup, forget about the past and get ready for the next tournament.”
Indian Wells was just a fifth main draw appearance at WTA 1000 level for the 19-year-old. It was her first at the California event.
Fernandez had never even previously won a match at WTA 1000 level, falling in the first round on the previous four occasions.
When asked if her US Open run changed the way she views losses on the tour, her answer was no.
“I always see myself as a tennis player,” Fernandez explained. “Even before the US Open. I still have a lot to prove, a lot to do on the tennis court. I’m always hungry to get the results, to train harder and to work harder for the next time.”
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