Leylah Fernandez, the 15-year-old from Laval, came very close to causing an epic upset in the qualifying event of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank at IGA Stadium in Montréal.
But in the end, she was beaten in three sets (2-6, 6-3, 6-4) by Katie Boulter of Great Britain in a two-hour fight. After easily winning the first set and gaining a break in the second, Fernandez was ultimately overcome by nerves and inexperience.
She lost her serve six times and racked up nine double faults. Against the World No.118, it was all too much.
Rebecca Marino, the other Canadian on the courts today, had the difficult task of defeating Quang Wang (5) of China. At the conclusion of their 84-minute battle, she fell in two sets (7-5, 6-4).
Joining the main draw are Christina McHale of the US, Sofya Zhuk of Russia, Monica Niculescu of Romania, Lucie Safarova and Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic, Sesil Karatantcheva of Bulgaria, Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium and the first seed Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.
The main draw begins at 11 a.m. on Monday with 16 of the WTA’s top 17 players.