Finalist at the United States Open last year, Leylah Annie Fernandez showed the exit door in the second round on Wednesday. Quebecer lost in two sets of 6-3 and 7-6 to Liudmila Samsonova.
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It is not for lack of effort that Fernandez has lowered the flag. But as much as he had saved five match points, the Russian was simply too strong.
Samsonova is the WTA Tour player of the hour. She just won the Cleveland and Washington tournaments in quick succession and this win over Fernandez is her 12th.And right now.
The Quebecer, on the other hand, arrived in New York without rhythm. In June, she suffered a stress fracture in her foot, which caused her to lose several weeks of activity. She has bet everything on the last big tournament of the season and saved a lot before entering. You played little and it showed at the beginning of the game. Quickly, his opponent took over.
At 1-1, Fernandez broke. His service efficiency, accuracy, agility and decision making were lacking. On the other hand, Samsonova proved that although she is ranked 35And world ranking, has the level to compete with the best players on the planet. His forehand was extraordinarily effective both in parallel and across and uncrossed. The six-foot high right-hander did a brief job on Fernandez in the first set and finished it off by smashing his opponent in the last play of the set.
Fight to the end
However, Fernandez had seen others. The 14And The world din returned louder and his discomforts seemed to disappear, or at least vanish. She raised her game level, was able to respond to the opponent’s arrows and was more efficient in all phases of the game. it seemed to slip through his fingers from start to finish.
With his fist in the air, Fernandez served several winners and it was a different player who showed up in the second set. However, Samsonova hadn’t won her last 11 games for no reason. Powerful, fluid and constant, you fought with dignity against a Fernandez who had everything to gain and, above all, many points to defend.
On numerous occasions, the 23-year-old has been seen spinning the ball and delivering a ferocious forehand down the line.
This didn’t seem to intimidate Fernandez, though. While trailing 6-5, the Quebecer served to survive. She managed to clear five match points in the same match by forcing her opponent to multiply mistakes.
However, in the decisive game, it was too much for Fernandez. He was a little less efficient in serving and Samsonova took the opportunity. The sixth match point of the game was fatal and the finalist of the 2021 edition already has to pack his bags.
Due to this untimely defeat, Fernandez will slide down the rankings and drop from 14And to 38And position.
Auger-Aliassime also eliminated
Quebecer’s week will have been short in the Big Apple. A few minutes after seeing his compatriot collapse, Félix Auger-Aliassime also performed below expectations. The sixth seed was shown by Jack Draper, 53And world racketeering.
The 20-year-old Briton eliminated Auger-Aliassime by winning three identical sets 6-4.
The Quebecer was only a shadow of himself, being illegal in the serve and making 41 unforced errors. Although the lead was clearly the Auger-Aliassime team, Draper is enjoying himself these days, having knocked out Stéfanos Tsitsipás just a few weeks ago at the National Bank Open in Montreal.
What hurts Auger-Aliassime even more is that he had a lot of points to defend since he reached the semifinals last year in this same tournament. It remains to be seen to what extent this poor performance will affect his rankings as he tries to finish the season among the top eight players in the world in order to participate in the final series of the ATP.