Leylah Annie Fernandez in the quarterfinals in Paris

On a cool Sunday at the Philippe-Chatrier track, Lavalloise won in three sets of 6-3, 4-6 and 6-3 ahead of American Amanda Anisimova.

The 19-year-old finished the duel in the second point of the match. The fact is that his victory has never been in doubt.

Although the American’s shots were heavier and sometimes unstoppable, the energy and determination of the little left-hander emerged during the important points. At the start of the third set, Fernández saved three consecutive break points in order to keep up with his rival.

Under the watchful eye of former Montreal Impact footballer and former coach Thierry Henry, the 17th seed finished his game in 1:54 minutes. The Canadian had 35 winners against 17 unforced errors.

Former footballer Thierry Henry watched Leylah Annie Fernandez win in Paris on Sunday.

Photo: Reuters / DYLAN MARTINEZ

Today has been a very complicated match; Amanda is a very good player, Fernandez said in an interview on the court. I was very happy to have played in front of an audience like you and in front of Thierry Henry. Thanks for coming. Thanks to the audience for the encouragement; I wouldn’t have won without you.

I knew I was going to hit a lot of winners; it had to be accepted and started again, Fernández added. Solutions had to be found.

At the start of the game, the Quebecois took advantage of a slow start from the American to distance themselves quickly and advance 4-0. Anisimova, 28th in the world, often amorphous and unsuccessful, gave up his service three times to his rival, before finally being able to win a first game with the ball in his hand.

In fact, he didn’t earn a single point in the second serve in the first set.

Anisimova had some energy and held on for four of seven points before finally giving way.

The American, a semi-finalist at Roland-Garros in 2019 at the age of 17, controlled the second set, making a remarkable 18 strokes and earning 55% of the points in her second service.

Honestly, I’m glad I was able to find solutions when things got complicatedadmitted the winner. All matches will have ups and downs. I hope to have fewer socks, but this is very normal. She is a good player, she knew she would come back very strong in the second set. For me, it’s about staying positive throughout the game and continuing with my routines.

A tennis player dressed in black waves in front of the crowd after her victory on the red clay court of the Roland-Garros tournament.

Leylah Annie Fernandez after her 4th round victory at Roland-Garros

Photo: Getty Images / Adam Pretty

Leylah Annie Fernandez, on the other hand, had a terrible day. The American, however, reserved the same fate for her rival in the next match to win 6-4.

In her next match, Fernandez will face Italy’s Martina Trevisan, who defeated Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 47th in the world, in two sets of 7-6 (12-10) 7-5. Emma Raducanu (12th) and Angelique Kerber (17th) have already been fired from their previous rounds.

Trevisan, 59th in the world, has not lost a single round since the start of the tournament. He had also reached the quarterfinals at the Paris Ocher in 2020, after passing the rankings.

As for her, Leylah Annie Fernandez, the 2019 Roland-Garros junior champion, is especially pleased to deserve another chance to play on the Philippe-Chatrier court on Tuesday.

For years, even before my youth, I wanted to play here at Philippe-Chatrier, Quebec said. I’m glad that my job, that of my dad, my family and my team is paying off and giving me a chance to play another game here.

The Laval athlete becomes the fourth Canadian to reach the quarterfinals of Roland-Garros. The last one was Eugenie Bouchard in 2014.

A win in his next match would also allow him to come close to a few points from the top 10 players in the world.

You can’t think too hard. We focus on the present. It’s easy to say, tricky to do, but I’ll try to run it to the fullest and we’ll see. »

A quote from Leylah Annie Fernandez

Fernandez is already the best ranked among all those still at the bottom of the table at Roland-Garros, under the protection of the Polish Iga Swiatek, at least until the final.

The opportunity is precious. Very beautiful.

Coco Gauff returns to the quarterfinals

Coco Gauff could cross paths with Leylah Annie Fernandez in the semifinals. The 18-year-old American qualified for the quarterfinals of the French Grand Slam by beating Belgian Elise Mertens in sets followed by 6-4 and 6-0.

Gauff was eliminated in the quarterfinals in Paris last year by Barbora Krejcikova, who won the tournament.

This year, the American has not lost a single set since the beginning of her career, which began with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Canadian Rebecca Marino.

The youngest player still competing in the tournament is enjoying her fortnight in Paris.

I’ve never had so much fun in a Grand Slam tournament, he said on the field after his game. I don’t remember who said pressure is a privilege, but I try to fight at every point.

If Coco Gauff ever reads this text, “pressure is a privilege” is a quote from Billie Jean King.

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