April 23rd, 2024

Canada’s Fernandez ousted in third round of Miami Open by American Pegula

By The Canadian Press on March 24, 2024.

Canada's Leylah Fernandez returns to Kazakstan's Elena Rybakina during the Qatar Open quarter-final in Doha, Qatar, on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. Fernandez fell 7-5, 6-4 to Jessica Pegula of the United States in third-round action at the Miami Open on Sunday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Hussein Sayed

MIAMI – Canada’s Leylah Fernandez fell 7-5, 6-4 to Jessica Pegula of the United States in third-round action at the Miami Open on Sunday.

The Laval, Que., native committed four double faults, won 58.6 per cent of her first-serve points and broke on three of her nine opportunities. Each player had one ace.

Pegula – ranked fifth in the world – only had one double fault and won 70.5 per cent of her first-serve points, while breaking on five of her 13 chances.

The 35th-ranked Fernandez advanced after a 6-4, 6-2 second-round win over Colombia’s Emiliana Arango on Saturday.

In women’s doubles action, Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and New Zealand’s Erin Routliffe defeated Japan’s Miyu Kato and Indonesia’s Aldila Sutjiadi 6-4, 6-4 in second-round play.

On the men’s side, Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., will face Italy’s Matteo Arnaldi in a third-round match later Sunday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 24, 2024.

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