Canadian Leylah Fernandez, who reached the US Open women’s singles final last September, has been awarded the Canadian Press’s Bobbie Rosenfeld award for 2021.
The award recognies the country’s “female athlete of the year”.
In an Olympic year, that’s an especially impressive feat.
Of the 45 votes from sports media across the country, Fernandez received 12 votes. Penny Oleksiak and Maggie Mac Neil, both Olympic swiimmers, received 10 votes each.
Fernandez, 19, is the sixth tennis player to win the award since it was first handed out in 1932.
As it happens, all of them are women.
Carling Bassett-Seguso (1983, 1985), Helen Kelesi (1989, 1990), Alexandra Wozniak (2009), Eugenie Bouchard (2013, 2014) and Bianca Andreescu (2019) are the others.