Layla Fernandez in the quarterfinals

Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 12:28 pm

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PARIS – Quebec City’s Leyla Fernandez reached the quarter-finals of Roland-Garros after beating Amanda Anisimova 6-3, 4-6 and 6-3 on Sunday.

Finalist last year in New York, 19-year-old Lavalois made 35 game-winning shots and limited himself to 17 unforced errors.

She made 6 breaks, bringing her total in four games on Parisian clay to 23.

The Canadian won the junior title at Roland Garros in 2019. She became the fourth Canadian to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament, most recently Eugenie Bouchard in 2014.

Fernandez got off to a great start with a 5-1 lead in the first set.

“It was a very difficult game,” Fernandez said on the pitch, as quoted by the tournament website. Many thanks to the audience for coming to support me.

“Even before the junior victory, I wanted to play on the Philippe-Chatrier court, in front of you. I am very happy to be here and play another game. »

Fernandez lost to Emma Radukan in the US Open final last year.

Seeded 17th in Paris, her next opponent will be Martina Trevisan of Italy. They never crossed swords.

Trevisan reached the quarter-finals for the second time in three matches at the tournament. The 59th racket won the last four games of her match against Aleksandra Sasnovich, winning 7-6 (10), 7-5.

Trevisan has just won his first WTA title in Rabat, Morocco. Now she has nine victories in a row, including eight in straight sets.

Sasnovich, 47th, pushed Raducana and Angelique Kerber out of their way on the previous two laps.

Coco Gauff is back in the quarter

Like last year, Coco Gauff will be in the Roland-Garros quarter-finals: the 18-year-old American dominated Belgian Elisa Mertens on Sunday, 6-4, 6-0, in less than an hour and 30 minutes.

After a controversial almost hour of the first set, the 23rd in the world, Gauff did not leave a single game to his opponent.

The American, the youngest participant in the competition, will play either her compatriot Sloane Stevens (64th) or Swiss Jill Teichmann (24th).

Gauff, who proved herself in 2019 by making the playoffs at Wimbledon at just 15 years old after qualifying, played her first Grand Slam quarter-final at Porte d’Auteuil last year. She lost to the future winner, Czech Barbora Kreychikova.

This year, she admits that she has become much more relaxed, showing that she has learned from her past defeats. “I have confidence in myself, I have confidence in my game. I feel like I’m getting better with every game. […] I want to enjoy the matches, control my tennis, give my all,” she said at a press conference.

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