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How Leylah Fernandez has sprung such a surprise at the US Open – Eye of the Coach #38

In episode #38 of Eye of the Coach, Patrick Mouratoglou explores the reasons behind Leylah Fernandez’s run to the US Open semi-finals

September 10, 2021
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The teenagers have taken the 2021 US Open by storm – and coach Patrick Mouratoglou has taken a closer look at the secret to Leylah Fernandez‘s success.

Along with Carlos Alcaraz and Emma Raducanu, the Canadian has impressed the world with her fearless performances against Elina Svitolina, Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Kaia Kanepi and Ana Konjuh – all in the week leading up to her 19th birthday.

And speaking in the latest episode of Eye of the Coach, Mouratoglou analyses the key to her powerful displays in New York so far.


  • Leylah Fernandez’s power – despite her small and slight stature (around 0.10)
  • The acceleration of her racket – and her ability to take the ball early (around 0.28)
  • How Fernandez moves on court and how that helps her pick out the best shots (around 0.40)
  • The advantages of being a lefty (around 0.57)
  • Fernandez’s serve is not one of her strengths – and opponents can push her back on that (around 1.22)
  • Why Fernandez and Raducanu are able to play so freely in a high-pressure environment – and why that won’t last (around 1.45)
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