Leylah Fernandez has helped Canada advance…
The 21-year-old half-Ecuadorian Canadian tennis player and 2021 US Open finalist led Canada to a 2-1 victory over Chile in its opening United Cup match on Sunday.
Diez had replaced Felix Auger-Aliassime, who was rested with a minor knee issue.
Fernandez and Diez then won the deciding mixed doubles against Seguel and Tomás Barrios Vera 7-5, 4-6, 10-8 to seal the tie for the Canadians.
“I’m extremely happy with the way I played,” world No. 35 Fernandez said after her 73-minute win over Seguel. “It wasn’t the greatest match because it is my first match of the season, the nerves, but I’m extremely happy with the way that I was able to manage it.”
Mixed teams from 18 countries are playing in Perth and Sydney in what doubles as a warmup for the Australian Open.
Last month, Fernandez helped lead Canada to its first-ever Billie Jean King Cup title.