WTA: false start for Leylah Fernandez in San Diego

WTA: false start for Leylah Fernandez in San Diego

UPGRADE DAY

The main draw of the San Diego tournament is very tough, and Quebec's Leylah Fernandez suffered the backlash in the first round on Tuesday.

The Montrealer was unable to meet the enormous challenge posed by the Russian Daria Kasatnika, 11th racket in the world and eighth seed in the event. She gave up in just an hour of play, losing in two identical sets of 6-2.

Fernandez struggled to demystify her rival when the latter was in possession of the balls. She only managed to steal her serve once and suffered five breakages.

Kasatnika, who reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros in 2022 and has six WTA Tour wins, won a whopping 78% of rallies when she landed her first serve. She also took advantage of her first match point to put an end to hostilities.

In the round of 16, the 25-year-old athlete will cross swords with the American Madison Keys, who is at the 18th in the world rankings.

Genie retires to Romania

At the Transylvanian Open in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Eugenie Bouchard had to withdraw due to a hip injury after losing the first set of her duel against Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina 6-3.< /p>

“I'm just disappointed to end my tournament in Romania like this because I really like being here in Cluj,” said Bouchard, whose words were transcribed by the tournament's Twitter account. . I stretched my hip flexor muscles in training a few days ago. I tried everything to be ready for this match.

Against the 45th player in the world – and second seed – the representative of the maple leaf, now at the 443rd level of the WTA, is beaten as best she could, even managing to steal her serve once after being broken herself.

The situation deteriorated from the seventh to the ninth game, however, when the favorite of the day won all the games, twice breaking Bouchard in the process.

The Quebecer also had a difficult day on serve, she who only put 45% of her first serves between the lines, in addition to losing 16 of 26 rallies in a second ball situation.