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Canada’s Fernandez and U.S. partner Mattek-Sands ousted from doubles play in Dubai

By The Canadian Press on February 23, 2023.

Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez returns the ball to Poland's Iga Swiatek during a match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Feb 21, 2023. Leylah Fernandez of Laval, Quebec and her American playing partner Bethany Mattek-Sands lost 7-5, 7-5 to Russians Veronika Kudermetova and Liudmila Samsonova in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Tennis Championship on Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Kamran Jebreili

DUBAI CITY, United Arab Emirates – Leylah Fernandez of Laval, Que., and American partner Bethany Mattek-Sands lost 7-5, 7-5 to Russians Veronika Kudermetova and Liudmila Samsonova in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Tennis Championship on Thursday.

The Russians won 68 per cent of their first serves, compared to 58 per cent for Fernandez and Mattek-Sands.

Kudermetova and Samsonova will meet the team of Ukraine’s Lyudmyla Kichenok and Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in the semifinals.

Fernandez was bounced from singles play Tuesday, falling 6-1, 6-1 to world No. 1 Iga Swiatek of Poland.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 23, 2023.

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