Leylah Fernandez news: Maddison Inglis left ‘shaking’ and close to tears after upsetting US Open finalist
It was a day to remember for Maddison Inglis at the Australian Open on Tuesday as she stunned US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez in the first-round at Melbourne Park.
The Australian wildcard tasted success in the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time as she defeated Fernandez 6-4, 6-2 in under 90 minutes for the biggest win of her career.
The world No 133 broke in game seven of the opening set and then raced into a 4-0 lead in the second set. After failing to convert a match point in game seven, she got the job done in game eight.
“I’m gonna cry!” ❤️❤️❤️
An emotional Aussie wildcard 🇦🇺 Maddison Inglis speaks after winning a grand slam match for the first time 💪
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) January 18, 2022
“I seriously can’t [believe it]. I’m shaking,” Inglis told Channel Nine during her on-court interview.
“I’m super stoked with how I played today. I thought I executed the gameplan really well and I held my nerve really well and I’m so happy to win my first round at the AO.
“It’s incredible. I’ve had a few goes at it and I kind of joked around saying, ‘Third time lucky’, and it turns out it was. I’m really looking forward to keep it going.
“I’m going to cry.”
For Fernandez it was a major disappointment following the highs of 2021 when she finished runner-up to Emma Raducanu at the US Open.
“Today was just not a good day. Too many mistakes,” she said. “I’ll give credit to Maddie. She played a great match from beginning to end.
“I unfortunately did not find the right solutions to get back in it and to make it to a third set. It happens.”
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