(Reuters) – Leylah Fernandez discovered first-hand how loud the crowd at Roland Garros may be when she triumphed over native hope Kristina Mladenovic in the French Open first spherical on Sunday.
Last yr’s U.S. Open finalist dominated Mladenovic in a 6-0 7-5 conflict, regardless of the noisy help of the Parisian public for his or her favorite.
“Honestly it was very troublesome however I’m very happy that I used to be in a position to play towards such a crowd, as a result of I all the time had the dream of getting a crowd towards myself,” Canadian Fernandez instructed a information convention.
“Having that have of the French crowd that was chanting, shouting, it was an important expertise, like a soccer match.
“I simply tried to take into consideration my recreation and to have enjoyable on the courtroom as a result of it isn’t daily you have got such an environment. I’m very happy to have lived such a match.”
The 19-year-old will face four-time Grand Slam doubles champion Katerina Siniakova in the second spherical on Wednesday.
(Reporting by Anita Kobylinska in Gdansk; enhancing by Clare Fallon)