ROM – Quebec’s Leylah Fernandez lost in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 to Russia’s Daria Kasatkina at the Italian Tennis Open on Wednesday.
Fernandez started his match strong, winning the first three games thanks in particular to a break of serve in the second game, then the two opponents traded breaks until Fernandez took a 5-4 lead. She initially missed three set points on Kasatkina’s serve before prevailing on the fourth to win the opener 6-4.
Then, in set number two, Fernandez was broken in game seven and gave up in game ninth, losing 6-3 and watching Kasatkina force an ultimate set.
The two women exchanged two service breaks at the beginning of the third set. Kasatkina easily got the job done in the tiebreak.
Kasatkina, the 23rd racquet in the world, meets the winner of the duel between Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich and second-placed Spain’s Paula Badosa in the next round.
The Canadian Bianca Andreescu defeated the Spaniard Nuria Parrizas Diaz 6:3, 7:6 (4) and advanced to the round of 16.
It was the first career game between the two players and the Ontarian finished it on Roman clay after an hour and 38 minutes.
Andreescu trailed 3-0 in the second set before launching a comeback that resulted in the tie break. The latter took a 4-1 lead before Parrizas Diaz leveled the chances at 4-4 and pulled himself together.
The 2019 US Open champion was more efficient on serve than Parrizas Diaz, winning the point with 67.4% on the first serve and 51.9% on the second serve.
For comparison, the Spaniard, who advanced to the main draw of the tournament thanks to a last-minute cancellation, recorded a success rate of just 57.9% on the first serve and 44.4% on the second serve.
Andreescu was also broken just three times out of 12 chances, with most chances coming from Parrizas Diaz in set number two as she converted each of her four chances against world No. 51.
Andreescu, 90th batter in the world, set the table for a duel in the round of 16 against Croatia’s Petra Martic, who surprised fifth-seeded Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-3.
The Ontarian Gabriela Dabrowski and her Mexican play partner Giuliana Olmos meet the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova and the Kazakh Anna Danilina in the round of 16.
Winning recovery for Swiatek
For her part, world no .
The Pole, who hasn’t lost her rhythm despite her “five, six days without a racket” in late April/early May, continues her impressive winning streak – 24th in a row – which has seen her win the last four tournaments at in which she has participated (Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart).
For her entry into the race, the first set was quite chaotic in the 2nd round with breaks on both sides (4 lost service games for the Romanian, 2 for the Pole). Before a one-sided second set in favor of the former Roland Garros winner (2020).
Swiatek, confident less than two weeks before his return on clay in Paris (May 22-June 5), meets Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka (16th in the world) in the round of 16.
In the women’s category, however, she lost the finalist of the last three editions, Karolina Pliskova (victory 2019, defeats 2020 and 2021) on Wednesday.
The No. 6 seed lost in the round of 16 against the Swiss Jil Teichmann (29th) in three sets 2:6, 6:4, 4:6.