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Leylah Fernandez rides superior serve at U.S. Open to 1st-round victory

Leylah Fernandez rides superior serve at U.S. Open to 1st-round victory


Canada’s Leylah Fernandez advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 win over on Croatia’s Ana Konjuh on Monday.

Fernandez was more opportunistic and more accurate than her first-round opponent.

The native of Laval, Que., was good on 76 per cent of her first serves, winning 65 per cent of those available points.


Konjuh was accurate on just 63 per cent of her first serves. While she slightly outpaced Fernandez by winning 68 per cent of first serve points, she won just 35 per cent of second serve points, compared to 47 per cent for Fernandez.

Konjuh also committed 10 double faults, compared to just three for her opponent.

Fernandez made the most of her break-point chances, converting four of her seven opportunities. Konjuh had 10 break point chances against Fernandez but was only good on two.

Fernandez next faces the winner of a match between 31st-seed Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan and Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.

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Vancouver’s Rebecca Marino faced fifth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine later Monday, while in men’s action 12th-seed Felix Auger-Aliassime on Montreal faced Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.

Brady, Ostapenko, Tsonga out of tourney

Australian Open runner-up Jennifer Brady has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because of an injury.

Brady, a semifinalist last year in Flushing Meadows, has not played competitively since being forced to retire from her second-round match against Jelena Ostapenko in Cincinnati. The U.S. Tennis Association did not specify her injury.

Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, also pulled out Monday for medical reasons.

On the men’s side, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also withdrew. The 2008 Australian Open finalist has a right leg injury.