Tennis·Mexican Open

Leylah Fernandez's dream run ends in defeat at Mexican Open final

Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez's dream run at the Mexican Open came crashing to an end following her 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-1, defeat to Heather Watson of Great Britain in Saturday's final. 

17-year-old, Laval, Que., native falls in 3 sets to Great Britain's Heather Watson

Canada's Leylah Fernandez fell 4-6, 7-6 (8), 1-6, to Heather Watson of Great Britain in the final of the Mexican Open on Saturday. (Pedro pardo/Getty Images)

Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez came up short in her bid to win a WTA event for the first time, losing to Britain's Heather Watson 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-1 on Saturday in the Mexican Open final.

It was the deepest the 17-year-old Fernandez has ever gotten in a WTA tournament.

The Laval, Que., native showed poise in the loss, saving five championship points before winning the second set.

Fernandez entered the tournament ranked 190th in the world but will reach No. 126 when the WTA rankings are updated on Monday. Her previous best was 185th on Feb. 3.

WATCH | Canada's Leylah Fernandez falls to Heather Watson in Mexican Open final:

Match Wrap: Fernandez falls to Watson in hard fought Mexican Open finals


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Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez left it all on the court, but fell to Heather Watson in the finals of the Mexican Open. 1:52

She became the first Canadian to ever reach the Mexican Open final and the youngest finalist in the tournament's history after beating Mexico's Renata Zarazua 6-3, 6-3, in Friday's semifinal.

It's the fourth week in a row a Canadian has lost in the singles final of a WTA or ATP Tour event — Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil and Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime, twice, have also come up short in February.


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