Laval’s Leylah Annie Fernandez surges into third spherical of French Open


Fernandez, 18, has gained eight consecutive matches in Paris going again to her victory within the French Open junior occasion final 12 months.

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Leylah Annie Fernandez saved her profitable streak at Roland Garros alive Thursday as she outlasted Polona Hercog of Slovenia 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 within the second spherical of the French Open tennis championships.

The 18-year-old from Laval has gained eight consecutive matches in Paris going again to her victory within the French Open junior occasion final 12 months. She faces a troublesome match within the third spherical Saturday when she performs seventh-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.

Whereas Fernandez joined Westmount’s Eugenie Bouchard within the third spherical, there are not any Canadians remaining within the males’s draw after ninth-seeded Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., was upset by Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6, 8-6 in a match that lasted a shade over 5 hours.

The 5-foot-4 Fernandez gave away eight inches and 11 years of expertise, however she proved steadier within the deciding set as Hercog’s serve failed her.

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Fernandez opened the third set with a service break when Hercog double-faulted to finish a sport that ran greater than 13 minutes. The Slovenian wanted solely three minutes to interrupt again, however that was the final sport she gained.

Fernandez was her personal worst enemy within the second set when she was damaged at 3-3. She served 4 double faults within the sport and was damaged once more in her subsequent service sport to present the set to Hercog.

It was Fernandez’s fifth win over a top-50 opponent this 12 months and he or she boosted her WTA rating to a career-high No. 86.

Shapovalov needed to battle from behind for a lot of the match, however he served for the match at 5-4 within the fifth set and once more at 6-5, however was unable to carry his serve.

It was first five-set win of his profession for the 27-year-old Carballes Baena and the primary time he has reached the third spherical of a Grand Slam.

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