Canada’s Leylah Annie Fernandez has defended her title at the Monterrey Open.
The 19-year-old from Laval, Que., defeated Colombia’s Camila Osorio 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(3) Sunday to win the tournament in Mexico for the second consecutive year.
It’s the second WTA title of Fernandez’s career.
The Canadian lost the first set in a tiebreak and battled back in the second. The lengthy back-and-forth third set, during which play was suspended 15 minutes due to a power outage at a crucial moment, saw Fernandez fight off five championship points before cruising in the tiebreak.
The match lasted two hours and 52 minutes.
There were times in the third set where it hardly looked like Fernandez could pull it off.
The fifth-ranked Osorio broke Fernandez’s serve twice to start the final set and the Colombian quickly jumped to a 4-1 lead. Fernandez broke Osorio back in the seventh game to cut her opponent’s lead to 4-3 before tying the match 4-4.
Down 5-4, Fernandez survived her first match point to force deuce, then tied the match once again. The visibly pumped-up Canadian punched the air as the crowd roared.
Then came the dramatic 12th game during which Fernandez, losing 6-5, fought off three match points before play was paused — on yet another match point — due to a partial power outage involving on-court screens and lights.
When play resumed, Fernandez forced deuce again and then sent the set to a tiebreaker, which she won 7-3. On championship point, Osorio fired a forehand wide and the Canadian threw both arms in the air in celebration.
Fernandez has won her last 10 matches in Monterrey after claiming last year’s title as well.