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Fernandez stays alive with three-set win in Canada

Leylah Fernandez treats the Canadian crowd to a win late on Monday night, beating Storm Sanders in three tight sets. It is Fernandez’s first win since the fourth round at Roland-Garros.

Leylah Fernandez Leylah Fernandez at Indian Wells in 2021 (Panoramic)

Canadian Leylah Fernandez, the No 13 seed, defeated Australian qualifier Storm Sanders 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-3 to advance to the second round of the National Bank Open at the Aviva Centre in Toronto on Tuesday night.

Fernandez was back on the court after an almost two-months break due to a foot injury in Roland-Garros.

“I think I’m extremely happy that I got my first win in National Bank Open in three years”, she said. “Three years played against a qualifier, three years I lose against a qualifier.”

“So I was happy that today I was able to get the win. And I think after not playing for two months I had a lot of expectations for myself to play an amazing match. That everything’s going to fall in and like my serve, my return, my forehand’s going to work like I want it to. But it did not.”

“I think I was just happy the way that I was stronger mentally to accept it in certain moments and then get back to work. So it’s obviously not my best level but I was just happy that I was able to fight through all these emotions that I had for myself.

Fernandez, ranked No 13, will face Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia next.

WTA Toronto, other first-round results:

  • Daria Kasatkina vs. Bianca Andreescu
  • Belinda Bencic vs. Tereza Martincova
  • Amanda Anisimova vs. Carol Zhao
  • Kaia Kanepi vs. Naomi Osaka
  • Shuai Zhang vs. Cristina Bucsa
  • Camila Giorgi vs. Emma Raducanu
  • Veronika Kudermetova vs. Ajla Tomljanovic
  • Madison Brengle vs. Coco Gauff
  • Sara Sorribes Tormo vs. Claire Liu
  • Anna Bondar vs. Elise Mertens
  • Rebecca Marino vs. Qinwen Zheng
  • Jil Teichmann vs. Venus Williams
  • Petra Kvitova vs. Alison Riske-Amritraj
  • Yulia Putintseva beat Katherine Sebov (WC): 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
  • Alize Cornet beat Caroline Garcia: 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
  • Asia Muhammad (Q) beat Madison Keys: 7-6(5), 6-4
  • Sloane Stephens beat Sofia Kenin: 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-5
  • Karolina Pliskova (14) beat Barbora Krejcikova: 6-3, 6-4
  • Jelena Ostapenko (16) beat Anhelina Kalinina: 6-4, 6-2
  • Serena Williams beat Nuria Parrizas Diaz (LL): 6-3, 6-4
  • Simona Halep (15) beat Donna Vekic (LL): 6-0, 6-2
  • Elena Rybakina beat Marie Bouzkova (Q): 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-1
  • Beatriz Haddad Maia beat Martina Trevisan: 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
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