Fernandez is happy to have won the ‘football match’ against Mladenovic

France's Christina Mladenovic during her first round match against Reuters / Dylan Martinez Canada's Lelah Annie Fernandez

Leah Annie Fernandez of Canada during her first round match against Christina Mladenovic of France (Reuters)

Filipino-Canadian Lelah Fernandez learned first-hand how loud the Roland Garros crowd could be after losing to local hope Kristina Mladenovic in the first round of the French Open on Sunday.

Mladenovich, a finalist at last year’s US Open, dominated the fight 6-0 7-5, despite the overwhelming support of the Parisian public for their choice.

Fernandez told a news conference: “It was really hard but I’m very happy to be able to play against so many people, because I’ve always dreamed of having a crowd against myself.

“It simply came to our notice then.

“I just tried to think about my game and have fun on the court because you don’t have that environment every day. I am very happy to have such a match. “

The 19-year-old will face four-time Grand Slam doubles champion Katrina Siniakova in the second round on Wednesday.


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