After suffering a grade 3 stress fracture in her right foot at Roland Garros this year, the 19-year-old Canadian has undergone a lengthy rehabilitation period.
On the clay of the French Open, Fernandez was somewhat underestimating his injury to the point of being sloppy during the match. Fernandez has not played since losing to Italy's Trevisan in the quarterfinals.
His right foot is also recovering more slowly than expected, and for a long time Fernandes had to wear a protective boot and was unable to put weight on it. Her father has been warning his daughter not to rush into training until she is fully recovered, and fernandez had to pull out of back-to-back exhibition matches in Atlanta and last week's WTA250 Washington open.
The good news for now, though, is that fernandez and svatek appeared together at the draw for the WTA1000 in Toronto. At the iconic CN Tower in downtown Toronto, the world No. 14 held two press conferences after the draw to talk to the media about her recovery.
Fernandez's doctor allowed her to take off her protective boot just before the start of the North American season, and she was happy for five seconds before quickly falling into a slump as her doctor advised against racing in Washington.
In fact, it wasn't until the day before the Toronto draw that Fernandez's doctors gave her the green light to heal.
Ms. Fernandez said she had never been a reader before, but the past few weeks, while recovering from her injury, she began to read, which brought about some unexpected changes in her attitude.
Fernandez is a prominent example of the current millennial generation in women's tennis. Swantek, born in 2001, Radukanu and Fernandez in 2002, and Gauff in 2004, have all reached at least a Grand Slam final.
Fernandez cited Swantek's 37-game winning streak and Gough's play this summer as good motivators. Of course, her own magical journey to the US Open last year must have inspired a lot of young people.
After the press conference at the draw ceremony, Fernandez took part in an all-children briefing. Fernandez shared her journey to professional tennis and encouraged them to do what they love, whether it be tennis or anything else.
Fernandez also shared the moment when she competed in the Toronto leg of the WTA1000 for the first time at age 16. Through a wild card entry, she lost 0-6 and 1-6 in the first round, very quickly.
And this Toronto station event, Fernandez signed the form is also very difficult. She is playing in a quarter court packed with top players including Anastasia Svatek, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Garbine Muguruza and Naomi Osaka. If it goes well, Fernandez will meet Svatek in the third round. In the first event of the year, the Adelaide WTA250, fernandez lost to the poles in the round of 16.
In the 2022 season, fernandez won an event at the WTA250 monterrey in Mexico. After entering the North American season, she will face no small pressure to keep points.