NEW YORK | This time there will be no fairytale. A year after dazzling New York in the final, Leylah Fernandez saw her run at the US Open end in round two on Wednesday.
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Quebecer collapsed under the attacks of Liudmila Samsonova, 35And world player, who won 6-3 and 7-6 (3), in the evening, in the Tribuna.
Despite Leylah’s aura in New York, there was no crowd on the second largest ground of the US Open for this showdown.
Next to it was a certain Serena Williams in action, in what could have been the last game of her immense career. The cheers of the fans were also heard on the pitch where the 14th favorite was trying to get out of the game.
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Sparkling in her first match on Monday, against Frenchwoman Océane Dodin, Fernandez this time couldn’t find the rhythm in the first set.
The 19-year-old from Quebec was broken from the start and has never managed to come back against a much tougher opponent than the one she faced at the beginning.
Undergoing Samsonova strikes, the original Lavalloise was trampled from right to left for much of this set.
“It was solid. I don’t know what she did well in particular, but she didn’t make many mistakes, she was insulting, Leylah admitted to reporters.
“For now, my game is about 30% of what it should be. And I could be generous, “lamented last year’s finalist.
Five match points
The second round, however, was more close. Leylah fought to the end. And above all at 6-5, when he had to cancel five match points.
A scenario that the young left-handed has already experienced. On a few occasions in her career, including in the Monterrey final in March, Fernandez managed to win after having to save a myriad of match points.
But this time he resisted in vain. The most powerful Russian dominated the tiebreaker in the second set, earning her ticket to the match against 96-year-old Serbian Aleksandra KrunicAnd world racketeering.
A wound that haunts her
Prior to the tournament, Leylah had obviously said she was happy to be back in New York, a city where she created so many lasting memories last year.
But she also said she was going “one game at a time”, she who returned to the pitch just three weeks ago after sustaining a stress fracture in her right foot at Roland-Garros which kept her off the pitch for two months. .
An injury, she says, had a greater impact than expected, even though she was unable to train for six weeks.
“It’s harder than I thought to find my level of play, he admitted. There’s this quote I’ve read that says, “It’s hard to get to the top, but it’s easy to get back down.”
“I played good tennis at Roland-Garros and, unfortunately, I got injured, added the athlete. After all this, obviously my pace would have been slower, obviously I wouldn’t have made decisions so quickly on the pitch. I don’t have to be too hard on myself, but at the same time I don’t want to make excuses. “
A 38And rank?
Since their return to Toronto, the Quebecer have recorded a record of two wins against three losses.
And thanks to its early release in New York on 14And world player is expected to drop to 38And rank, when the next WTA rankings are released, in two weeks.
“Of course, my goal is to win, to find myself in the second week of a Grand Slam, in the final, he stressed. But for now, the expectations weren’t that high. I’m just trying to get back to my level. “