November 16, 2023 — Leylah Annie Fernandez's straight-sets victory (6-2, 6-3) over Italy's Jasmine Paolini on November 12 at the international team tennis tournament in Seville, Spain helped Team Canada win the Billie Jean King Cup champions for the first time.
Canada’s first win at the Billie Jean King Cupadds another feather for the young Fernandez’s professional career which started at the age of 16.
In an on-court interview, Fernandez said, "It feels amazing and I'm extremely proud that I was able to get to represent Canada on the biggest stage. To do it in front of Billie Jean, it means the world to me, to us and hopefully we can keep going, celebrate tonight and just have fun."
The 21-year-old tennis phenom beat Paolini in the final game in one hour 39 minutes. Fernandez won all five of her matches this week, helping Canada advance to the final.
Team Canada will receive $2.4 million US in prize money for the victory, a record for the women's team event formerly known as the Fed Cup, said to be known as the most prestigious tennis title in women's international team play and equivalent to this year's Davis Cup men's champion.