Leylah Fernandez’s next tournament confirmed, will feature at the Indian Wells Open 2021

World No. 28 and Canadian teen sensation Leylah Fernandez will be featuring at the upcoming WTA-1000 tournament, the Indian Wells Open 2021.

Leylah Annie Fernandez
Leylah Annie Fernandez

Ever since her fantastic run at the 2021 US Open where she finished as the runner-up, Canada’s teen sensation Leylah Fernandez‘s return to the WTA Tour has been long-awaited. Despite the WTA Tour going on a 1-week break after the conclusion of the US Open, Fernandez had not confirmed where will she play next keeping the fans puzzled.

The matter has now however been put to bed as the Canadian is set to enter the main-draw of the Indian Wells Open 2021 where she might be seeded as well. Leylah started the US Open ranked 73rd in the WTA rankings and her fairytale run to the finals saw her break into the Top-30 and was the World No. 28 after the finals.

However, with the likes of Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, Sofia Kenin withdrawing from the tournament due to various reasons, Leylah might be seeded in the tournament and will be cheered on massively by the crowd as she had become a crowd favourite during her run in the US Open and as she plays her first tournament since then, she can expect great support from the fans.

Leylah Fernandez yet to win a WTA-1000 match this year

Leylah Fernandez
Leylah Fernandez with her 2021 US Open Runner-Up Trophy

Leylah participated in 5 of the 6 WTA-1000 events this year, participating in all but the 2021 Dubai Open. At the 1000-series events in Miami, Madrid and Rome, Leylah was defeated in the first qualifying round itself failing to reach the main-draw of the competition.

At the 2021 Canadian Open and the 2021 Cincinnati Open, Leylah made it to the main-draw but failed to win and exited the tournament in the first round itself. These performances further glorified the emphatic US Open run she had and with having gained momentum and on the back of some good performances, she might finally get her 1st win of the season in the final WTA-1000 tournament of the year.

Leylah will be joined by her US Open finalist Emma Raducanu who has been handed the wildcard for the tournament as her rank was 150th in the world when the tournament closed its entries. However, her title run in New York has made her eligible for the wildcard and the Brit will be searching for her first match win on the WTA Tour.

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