Given how Fernandez is also of mixed heritage - her father is Ecuadorian and mother Filipino - social media users in the Philippines were equally intrigued and expressed their pride.
One said on Facebook: "Nice to see the Philippines finally get someone in the tennis world to cheer for."
While she has confessed in an interview to not knowing much about the Filipino culture, she said she loves Filipino cuisine.
"I don't know much about the Filipino culture but I do know that my Lolo (grandfather) - he cooks amazing, so when I get back to Canada in Toronto when I visit, he's gonna make really nice food, especially Filipino dishes because I do miss it," she said in a post-game interview.
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