February 26th, 2024

Canada’s Fernandez advances to round of 16 at Qatar Open


By The Canadian Press on February 13, 2024.

Canada's Leylah Fernandez is off to the round of 16 at the Qatar Open after a 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Spain's Paula Badosa on Tuesday. Fernandez hits a return to Danielle Collins of the United States, during the National Bank Open tennis tournament in Montreal, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christinne Muschi

DOHA, Qatar – Canada’s Leylah Fernandez is off to the round of 16 at the Qatar Open after a 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Spain’s Paula Badosa on Tuesday.

The Laval, Que., native had an opening set to forget, having all six of her break point chances saved and having three converted against her, in addition to three aces from Badosa.

However, Fernandez turned it around saving five of Badosa’s six break point opportunities along with the Spaniard committing eight of her 10 double faults in the final two sets of play.

Fernandez won 63.5 per cent of her first-serve points, while breaking on four out of 15 chances.

She is set to face fifth-seeded Qinwen Zheng of China next.

In doubles action, Fernandez will team up with Georgia’s Oksana Kalashnikova to face top-seeded duo of Belgium’s Elise Mertens and Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh later Tuesday in the round of 16.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 13, 2024.

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