Leylah Fernandez leads Canada to decisive lead over Latvia in Billie Jean King Cup

Fernandez, ranked 21st in the world, was dominant from the outset on Friday, firing a single ace and winning seven of nine break points.

After the match, Fernandez said:

"I think I managed my emotions fairly well. I tried to be offensive, tried to do what I trained during the week and what my style of game is. So I'm glad that I was able to execute it as best as I can.''

The 53-minute match also saw the 19-year-old Fernandez make some mistakes, including four double faults and conceding all three break points she faced. She jumped out to an early lead, not allowing Semenistaja, the world No. 389, a single point in the first game. From there it was mostly cruise control from Fernandez who did make some mistakes that she will try to avoid in the future:

"I know mistakes will happen, I know she'll hit her winners, I know I'll make some unforced errors. I've just got to stay calm and find solutions as quickly as possible. And I'm glad those solutions worked in the right time, right moment.''

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