"My sister said it best" - Leylah Fernandez shares sister Bianca's advice on dealing with haters; says she faces online abuse despite winning matches 

Leylah Fernandez shares sister Bianca
Leylah Fernandez shares sister Bianca's advice. PHOTO: LEYLAH FERNANDEZ/GETTY , LEYLAH FERNANDEZ & BIANCA/INSTAGRAM

Leylah Fernandez shared her sister Bianca's advice on dealing with online hatred. The Canadian is currently competing at the 2024 French Open but with heavy rains in Paris, her match was suspended.

Fernandez was up and running with a comfortable 6-2, 6-0 win over home favorite Jessika Ponchet in just an hour and nine minutes.

The 31st seed was facing Xiyu Wang in the second round and found herself a break up at 5-3 when a heavy downpour brought a stop to the play on all courts except the Philippe-Chatrier and the Suzanne Lenglen at Roland Garros.

Since her match was suspended, Leylah Fernandez took to Instagram to share a video of herself doing her recovery after a three-set first-round match at the Strasbourg Open against Anastasia Potapova.

In the video, the 21-year-old can be seen having an ice bath while reading her Instagram messages. She sarcastically said that she was receiving 'beautiful' messages (hate) despite winning her match.

Fernandez then mentioned a piece of advice her sister gave, that one should laugh at people who have no life, and quipped how she should be the one giving advice to her younger sister rather than the other way around.

"On my Instagram, I'm just reading messages. I won, but still the same beautiful as if I have lost. It's fine. The only thing I gotta do is smile and just enjoy those messages," Leylah Fernandez said.
"My sister said it best. That's people who have no life. Laugh at them and that's it. You keep living your life, so that's it. My younger sister has great advice and she's only like 20. I was supposed to be giving her advices, not the other way around."

Leylah Fernandez has had an underwhelming European clay court swing this season so far

Leylah Fernandez
Leylah Fernandez

Leylah Fernandez has had a disappointing 2024 season so far and things haven't picked up for the Canadian during the clay court swing as well. Before heading to Europe, she played at the Charleston Open where she received a bye in the opening round as a result of her seeding (14). She was eliminated in her opening match by Sloane Stephens in straight sets.

Fernandez began the European clay court swing at the Madrid Open where she won her opening game against Anastasia Potapova dominantly but was knocked out by eighth seed Ons Jabeur in the next round. She suffered a worse defeat at the Italian Open losing to Ana Bogdan in the first-round in straight sets.

She played the Strasbourg Open to find her footing on clay and got a win in her opening match against Potapova. It was a hard-fought three-setter but she was ousted by Liudmila Samsonova in the subsequent round.

Leylah Fernandez has won three matches in the five tournaments she has played on clay during the swing including the French Open.

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