Laval's Leylah Annie Fernandez advances to Mexican Open final

Canada's Leylah Fernandez plays a ball in her semifinal match against Mexico's Renata Zarazua at the Mexican Tennis Open in Acapulco, Mexico, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez advanced to the final of the Mexican Open with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Renata Zarazua on Friday night.

The 17-year-old Fernandez from Laval, Que., will play in her first-ever WTA final on Saturday against Britain's Heather Watson.

Watson defeated China's Xiyu Wang 6-4, 7-6 (8) in the tournament's other semifinal.

Fernandez and Zarazua had never played before, with the Canadian finishing her Mexican opponent in an hour 27 minutes.

Fernandez became the youngest finalist in the Mexican Open's history when Zarazua double faulted while serving on match point.

She is also the first Canadian to make the event's final.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 28, 2020.