Canada's Leylah Fernandez reaches fourth round at French Open
Canada's Leylah Fernandez is moving on to the fourth round of the French Open.
The 19-year-old Montreal native outlasted Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 on the main court at Roland Garros on Friday.
It's the first time Fernandez, the runner-up at the 2021 U.S. Open, has advanced past the third round in Paris.
The 17th-seeded Fernandez broke Bencic in the 11th game of the deciding set and served out the match. She had saved two set points in the opener.
Fernandez next faces 20-year-old Amanda Anisimova, who reached the Roland Garros semifinals in 2019.
The best result by a Canadian woman at the French Open was Eugenie Bouchard making the semifinals in 2014.
- This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 27, 2022