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Leylah Fernandez Dazzles Bencic, Then Endures Press Conference

By Scoop Malinowski

Leylah Fernandez was electrifying and magnificent in her masterpiece three set, 75 36 75 third round win vs Belinda Bencic, performing Grand Slam champion calibre tennis with a fierce and focused demeanor and roaring disposition that suggests she wants (or needs) this Roland Garros title more than anyone else.

As expected Leylah intentionally transformed herself into a automated cliche machine for her press conference. Posed with the same old routine questions, Leylah just rolled with the boredom and gave it right back to the tennis media…

“Yes it was an incredible fight. But today I was just trusting my game when it mattered the most and I’m just glad I was able to trust it enough for me to keep going and keep executing my gameplan…”

“Afterward it was just enjoying the time I had on Philippe Chatrier in front of an amazing crowd. And I’m just glad I was able to soak every moment in and play well, play well when it mattered in front of a beautiful crowd.”

“I know them well, I’m always happy to see the younger generation coming up and playing so well on the tour. I think it’s great for the sport. And I also think it’s great for the fans…”

Gee, I wish I was there for this press conference, I would have asked Leylah these questions…

You are familiar with Bencic, did she do anything today that surprised you?

Is there anyone else in the draw you would like to see win the tournament besides, of course, yourself?

You have a very strong personality on court, you show a lot of intensity and animated self belief and fist pumping like the court is your court. Would you like to see more ATP players show these qualities when they play Nadal here?

Is there anthing special or unique about Anisimova, how she plays?

The 19 year old Canadian, currently ranked 18 in the WTA, will play American Amanda Anisimova in the fourth round.

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  • catherine · May 28, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    Leylah’s creeping up on Swiatek who nearly lost a set today. RG might not be a foregone conclusion for Iga.

    Interesting development, maybe related to Patrick M’s comments referred to elsewhere. Simona has upended her team – sacked Virginia Ruzici and employed an agency I’ve never heard of. Seems a strange strategy at her age and in what must be the twilight of her career. Really wonder what’s going on in the background.

  • Scoop Malinowski · May 28, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    Catherine, I was surprised by Halep firing long time agent manager Virginia Ruzici also, it shows disloyalty and that she intends to play for several more years. The new agency is Wesport which has had a minor impact in tennis, representing Molcan and some good juniors, it’s based in Sweden and specializes in hockey soccer representation. The new agent is a woman from Sweden and she must have done a good job of poaching Halep from Ruzici but that’s the business, coaches and agents are like “slaves” to the player as one coach told me. The players have all the power, as long as they win.



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