"We had a very, very hard past couple of years": Leylah Fernandez ends title drought of 594 days in Hong Kong

After 594 days without a title, Leylah Fernandez returned to the winners' circle with victory over Katerina Siniakova in the final of the Hong Kong Open.

It was a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win for Fernandez who last won in Monterrey back in 2022. The Canadian has had a long road since reaching the US Open final which saw her lose to Emma Raducanu.

While Fernandez has remained injury free since then unlike Raducanu, she has also never achieved the success that a Grand Slam final usually brings.

“Wow. Where do I start? I want to give a special thank you to the fans," said Fernandez. "To Hong Kong. Thank you for coming & watching women’s tennis. It means the world to us. I’d like to congratulate Katerina. You played an amazing tournament. Today was a tough battle. I enjoyed every moment of it. So thank you for making this hard for me. Hopefully we have many many more.”

"We had a very, very hard past couple of years," Fernandez continued. "My family, my parents, my coach, and my performance coach stayed by my side," Fernandez said. "They motivated me to keep going and the hard work is paying off. Hopefully, we can keep going this way."

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