Canadian Leylah Fernandez edges out Amanda Anisimova to reach French Open quarter-finals

PARIS — Canadian Leylah Fernandez beat American Amanda Anisimova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday to advance to the quarter-finals of Roland-Garros.

PARIS — Canadian Leylah Fernandez beat American Amanda Anisimova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday to advance to the quarter-finals of Roland-Garros.

Fernandez, 19, had more than twice as many winners, 35, as unforced errors, 17, and continued his streak of impressive tournament comebacks. She has beaten Anisimova six times and has now won 23 of her opponents’ service games in four matches.

Fernandez, a 2021 US Open runner-up, had never won more than two straight main draw matches on clay until this trip to Paris.

“Today I was able to fight through tough times and enjoy the game as much as possible,” she said. “Just having another opportunity to play on (the) Philippe Chatrier court…was just an incredible atmosphere and a great feeling for me.”

Fernandez, the youngest player to win a WTA title in 2022, is ranked 17th at Roland Garros and will face Italy’s Martina Trevisan on Tuesday.

The 59th-ranked Trevisana beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6 (10), 7-5 on Sunday.

“Every time I step out on the court I still have something to prove,” said Fernandez, who was ranked just 73rd last September when she beat four-time Major champion Naomi Osaka en route to being the Emma Raducanu finalist. at Flushing Meadows. “I still have that mindset, I’m the underdog. I’m still young.”

Also in action on Sunday, Montreal’s Félix Auger-Aliassime will face 21-time Grand Slam winner and 13-time Roland-Garros champion Rafael Nadal for the chance to earn his ticket to the Roland-Garros quarter-final, where the world number 1 Novak Djokovic is waiting.

With files from The Associated Press.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 29, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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