Canada’s tennis sensation, Leylah Fernandez, orchestrated her nation’s inaugural Billie Jean King Cup triumph with a commanding 2-0 victory over Italy in Seville on Sunday.
The former U.S. Open runner-up continued her stellar performance throughout the week, securing the decisive point with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Jasmine Paolini. As Fernandez converted the match point, jubilation erupted on the court, with the Canadian team basking in the historic moment alongside their exuberant fans.
Canada’s captain, Heidi El Tabakh, expressed overwhelming pride in the team’s achievement, stating, “I’m so proud of this team; these girls are incredible. It’s a dream come true.”
Earlier, teenage prodigy Marina Stakusic propelled Canada toward glory with a remarkable victory over Martina Trevisan. The 18-year-old, ranked 258th in the WTA, displayed nerves of steel to claim a 7-5, 6-3 win against her 43rd-ranked opponent.
Stakusic faced a momentary hiccup, with four match points slipping away as Trevisan served at 2-5. Undeterred, she rebounded, closing the contest with a powerful forehand winner.
Expressing her joy, Stakusic, who had not played a WTA main draw match this year, declared, “I’m so happy and honored that I could play this week; this has been the best week of my life.”
Fernandez, sealing her fourth singles win of the week, showcased her prowess and played a pivotal role in Canada’s historic triumph.