US Open runner-up Leylah Fernández of Canada saved four match points in the third set to win 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(3) over Colombian Camila Osorio and keep the title at the Monterrey Tennis Open.
Fernández, twenty-first in the world ranking, started aggressively, broke serve in the second game and took a 4-1 lead, with a good performance on the first serve, however, Osorio recovered from a break point in the sixth “game” and burst. the nineth.
With 80% of the points won on the first serve, “slices” that took the Canadian out of her comfort zone and a good defense, the Colombian provoked the “tie break” which she won 7-5 to take advantage of it. .
In the second set, Fernández was once again better at the start, breaking his rival’s serve in the second and fourth games, however, in the fifth he failed to confirm and Osorio began to press. Leylah saved a triple break point in the 10th to take the set 6-4.
The decisive set was that of emotions. For the third time, Leylah started with a “break” in the first game, but Osorio returned the break in her serve and thus they reached the fourth, in which the Colombian took advantage of her mobility on the court, placing points near the lines and broken.
In composure, Fernández maintained the level of his tennis, he found common sense in the returns and in the seventh game he broke to cause a 4-4 in the eighth.
Osorio, the 44th player in the world, reached the twelfth “game” with a 6-5 advantage. He emerged victorious and caused four match points which Fernández escaped, the last after a wait for a light failure.
In the ‘tie break’, the Canadian of Ecuadorian origin made a mini break in the fifth point, another in the ninth and won 7-3 to revalidate her status as champion after a fight of 2 hours and 52 minutes.