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Leylah Fernandez is finding Roland Garros a lot like the US Open. And that has to be a good thing for the 19-year-old Canadian, who had a surprise run to the final at Flushing Meadows last year, defeating a number of top players.

She hasn't reached the quarterfinal of any of the big events she's played since then, despite winning the WTA 250 in Monterrey this season, but is enjoying being back at another Grand Slam.

"I think it's actually similar experiences. I'm just enjoying every moment on court. The crowd, French crowds, are amazing," Fernandez told press following her second-round win over Kristina Mladenovic in Paris, where she won the juniors event a few years ago.

"The only difference would be the surface. Clay is a little bit longer than hard, like the rallies are longer than on hard court. I'm just trying to keep working, and I guess I keep improving through the tournament."


The difference, though, is that she comes into the tournament not as a little-known teen like she did at the US Open, but a seeded player among the contenders for the title. That's a difference she would prefer not to concentrate on.

"But I'm just focusing on my own game. I have been trying to improve my game every single day, trying to get to a level where I think is deemed to be here at a top level," said Fernandez.

Like the US Open, several top players have fallen in the first few two rounds, and she's happy not to have been one of them.

"I will not say that today's match was my best match, but I'm happy with my level of play. I know that I can play better. But with the percentage and my aggressiveness I'm quite happy. I will try to work on that even more," she said.

Fernandez next plays No. 14 seed Belinda Bencic in the third round.