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Laila Annie Fernandez knocks out the 21st seed at Roland Garros

Laila Annie Fernandez knocks out the 21st seed at Roland Garros

Difficulties in serving Fernandez suffered during this match nearly cost him the victory. The 20-year-old pared back the damage in the third set to finally knock out the 21st seed in France, just after 2:11am on Court Simon Mathieu.

The Canadian admitted that it was a very difficult match. I played very well, but I think my attitude made the difference, I was very positive in difficult times.

Fernandez did it again with Linette, as in the 2020 edition, where she signaled the exit door for pole in the first round of Roland Garros.

In her case, this is only the second victory in 10 meetings this season against a player ranked in the top 50 in the world. His only win in this season came before today in the first round of the Australian Open in January against France’s Alize Cornet, then No. 34 in the WTA rankings.

Lynette quickly outsprinted Fernandez in the third game of the opening frame as she signed the break, before confirming the serve to take a 3-1 lead. Quebec was quick to return the favour, more than twice rather than once. She won the next five matches, on her way to achieving victory in Chapter One.

Lila Annie Fernandez

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Fernandez’s happy streak came to an abrupt end early in the second set. Pole won the first three matches and wasn’t really worried afterwards in this clash.

The world No. 49 regained her peace of mind in the final third. Both athletes held their serve until the eighth match, during which Linnett held the balls in his hand. Fernandez had the biggest steal of the game to extend the lead to 5-3 in his favour. The match concluded after a few minutes.

Today, I’m glad I was able to accept my mistakes. This is an aspect that we’ve worked on a lot this year. Double fouls or incomplete layups occur to all players. It helped me a lot to find solutions during the third round.

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Fernandez started her career the way it left off a year ago in Paris. Suffering from an injury, she could not do justice to herself in the quarterfinals against Italy’s Martina Trevisan. A physical defect in his right foot caused him to miss two months of activities, including the Wimbledon Championships.

Over the past two months, Fernandez has played five clay court events in preparation for the Roland Garros match. However, his results were not there: four aces of the ITF tournament against four qualifiers between the first two rounds of the WTA competition.

The 20-year-old admitted that she now has to get ahead in matches with what she has achieved in training.

I always improve in training, but in tournaments I have bad luck with a draw or make mistakes that cost me the game, Fernandes analyzed. I see progress in training and I believe results will come one day, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Denmark’s Clara Tousson, who is ranked 127th in the qualifier, will be Fernandez’s next opponent in the second round at Porte d’Autuil. To do so, the 20-year-old easily defeated Belarusian Aleksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-0.

Two other Canadian strikers in the women’s singles main draw, Bianca Andreescu and Rebecca Marino. The first has a date with Belarusian Victoria Azarenka on Tuesday, and the second will cross paths with Russian Diana Schneider on Monday.

Exit left Maria Sakkari

The Greek Maria Sakkari, ranked eighth in the world and semi-finalist in 2021, was eliminated from the start with two sets 6-7 (5/7) and 5-7 at the hands of the Czech Karolina Moshova, who ranked 43rd in the WTA.

It’s a bit of deja vu! It was almost the same result, and I’m happy to finish in two runsAnd Macova commented, referring to last year’s second-round match at Roland Garros, where she had previously beaten Sakkari, but in two tie-breakers.

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Sakkari has not progressed beyond the third round of a Grand Slam since meeting in the round of 16 at the 2022 Australian Open.

Macová, who reached the semifinals in Melbourne in 2021 but did not go beyond the third round at Roland Garros in four matches, will meet Argentine Nadia Podoroska, 101 and the semifinals in Paris in 2020.

Stefanos Tsitsipas narrowly escapes from him

Unlike his compatriot, Stefanos Tsitsipas, for his part, qualified for the second round, but he was hot against Czech Jiri Vesely, who finally knocked him out 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (9/7).

It was very stressful. But I said to myself, “No chance of going into the fifth inning.”said the Greek, who had to save four points in the tiebreaker, before closing with his first match point.

I’m not going to lie, it gave me a lot of trouble. This victory is very important to meHe added the fifth player in the world on No. 455, which has come a long way.

At the age of 24, he will find Spaniard Roberto Karballes (57) on his way to the next round, and at the age of 24 he is one of the main candidates for a special tournament for Rafael Nadal.

Up against Vesely, who was still 66th last August but had slipped down the pecking order due to a hamstring injury, Tsitsipas closed out in the first set, being chipped away to lead 1-3.

The 29-year-old Czech, who has not played on the main circuit since the 2022 US Open and has played just two Challenger tournaments since returning to competition in April, served the role at 5-4, but Tsitsipas scored three times. Matches, including two periods to win participation.

He then dominated the second set, but suffered a lone steal in the third to allow Wesley to regain hope.

Ce dernier a ensuite tenu tête au Grec dans le quatrième acte et s’est même procuré quatre balles de manche au bris d’égalité, dont trois consecutives à 6-6 (6/3), sans parvenir à concretiser l’une d’ between them.

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In addition, Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime will face Italian Fabio Fognini on Monday, while his compatriot Denis Shapovalov will face American Brandon Nakashima on the same day.

Other first round results:


  • Nadia Podorowska (Argentina) beat Jessica Ponchet (France) 6-0 6-2
  • Elise Mertens (BEL/no 28) defeated Viktória Kuzmová (SVK) 6-1, 6-4
  • Camilla Giorgi (Italy) defeated Alizee Cornet (France) 6-3 6-4
  • Storm Sanders (Australia) vs Nuria Barrezas (Spain) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
  • Zheng Qinwen (CHN / no 19) Defeated Tamara Zidancic (SLO) 6-3, 6-1
  • Magdalena Fritsch (Poland) wins Zhang Shuai (CHN / no 29) 6-1, 6-1
  • Kamila Rakhimova (RUSSIA) beat Sara Bilic (CZECH) 6-0 6-3
  • Irina Šimanovic (BLR) beats Bana Udvardi (Hon) 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 6-1
  • Arina Sabalenka (BLR / no 2) Defeated Marta Kostyuk (UK) 6-3 6-2


  • Matteo Arnaldi (Italy) defeats Daniel Galán (CO) 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-2
  • Jason Kubler (Australia) beat Facundo Diaz (Argentina) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
  • Sebastien Offner (AUT) defeats Maxime Cressi (USA) 6-4, 7-6 (8/6), 6-2
  • Sebastian Korda (USA / no 24) defeated Mackenzie McDonald (USA) 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
  • Nuno Borges (Borges) defeats John Isner (USA) 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 7-6 (11/9).
  • Roberto Karpeles (Spain) beats Emilio Nava (USA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-2.
  • Marton Fucovich (Hon) defeats Hugo Grenier (France) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-3
  • Talon Grixspor (NED) defeats Pedro Martinez (ESP) 6-4, 2-6, 0-6, 7-5, 6-3
  • Hubert Hurkacz (POL / no 13) beat David Goffin (Belgium) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
  • Karen Khachanov (Russia / no 11) ahead of Constant Lestienne (France) 3-6, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3
  • Radu Albot (MDA) beats Patrick Kipson (USA) 6-3 6-2 4-6 6-1.
  • defeat Tanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) Daniel Evans (GBR / no 20) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4