| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Leylah Fernandez came back to defend her Monterrey title, the second WTA title of her career.
Photo Credit: Darren Carroll/USTA

 

Canada’s Leylah Fernandez saved five championship points and came back from a set down to win the Abierto GNP Seguros title on Sunday evening. Fernandez won the title in Monterrey for a second straight season thanks to her 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(3) victory over Colombia’s Camila Osorio.

Fernandez, who reached the U.S. Open finals last fall, now has two career WTA titles.

“Today it was a very, very tough match, not only physically or tennis-wise, but mentally,” said Fernandez. “Camila, she’s a tough player to play against. She’s very crafty, she does slices, high balls, it’s very unpredictable.”

After Fernandez and Osorio traded the first two sets, the Colombian set up her first championship point at 5-4 up in the deciding third set. But Fernandez saved that one, and then would need to save four more while down 5-6, before eventually outlasting Osorio in the tiebreaker.

“I’m very, very happy to have gone through these hard moments and have fought, found solutions. And Camila, I hope we have many, many more finals like this, because without her, I don’t think this tournament, this final, would be as special.”

Fernandez holds firm at No. 21 in the world rankings, while Osorio soars nine spots to 35th in the world.

In Lyon, France, China’s Zhang Shuai won her third career title as she upended Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

“An incredible week, very high-quality match in the final,” said Zhang. “I saw her grow up over the last three or four years, she’s already won many tournaments. She plays so well, very powerful, so I was really focused on myself today. I’m really proud of winning.”

Zhang catapults up 23 spots to No. 41 in the WTA rankings. Yastremska is up 37 spots to No. 103 in the world.