Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez upsets 31st seed on main draw debut at Roland Garros


Canada’s Leylah Annie Fernandez rallied for a 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over 31st seed Magda Linette’s Poland in her main draw debut at Roland Garros on Monday.The 18-year-old from Laval, Que., Won the women’s Grand Slam tournament on clay last year before rising through the women’s ranks.

“I’m actually pretty happy with my win today,” Fernandez said.

“I’ve been successful the last few years here in Paris and I was just trying to use that energy and that positive vibe that I feel here and get through the second and third set. ”

WATCH | Leylah Annie Fernandez steps forward after her return:

Leylah Annie Fernandez, 18, of Laval, Que., Defeats Poland’s Magda Linette 1-6, 6-2, 6-3. 1:34

This is the second consecutive Grand Slam in which Fernandez won his opener. World No. 100 lost to top American Sofia Kenin in the second round of the US Open.

The Canadian teenager says she remained confident despite falling the first set so easily.

“I always believed I could win the game. Even though I lost 1-4, 1-5 in the first set, I always thought I could come back and win the first set, ”Fernandez said. “But Magda, she played a really good first set, a great game, and I guess when I came back in the second set from the start I knew I could still turn it around and with that mindset that I had, it helped me a lot. ”

Fernandez will face world No. 47 Polona Hercog of Slovenia in the second round of Roland Garros.

Canada’s two participants in the women’s singles draw advanced to the second round.

Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., Who received a wild card in the event, defeated Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya on Sunday and will face Australia’s Daria Gavrilova in the second round.

Meanwhile, Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal and Steven Diez of Toronto are both excluded from the men’s competition after suffering first round losses on Monday.

Auger-Aliassime, the No.19 seed, lost 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 to world No.52 Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan.

Diez, a qualifier, lost 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to American Mackenzie McDonald in his main draw debut in a Grand Slam.

Auger-Aliassime’s loss continued a disappointing clay season for the 20-year-old Canadian. Since his transition to clay after a fourth-round race at the US Open, Auger-Aliassime has won only one of four matches.

WATCH | Felix Auger-Aliassiime makes a quick exit in Paris:

Montrealer Felix Auger-Aliassime falls to the 52nd World Yoshihito Nishioka 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 in the 1st round of Roland-Garros. 2:12

Auger-Aliassime had 58 unforced errors, 24 more than Nishioka.

Nishioka is now 2-0 for life against Auger-Aliassime. The Canadian lost a third set tiebreaker to Nishioka in Indian Wells, Calif., Last year.

“Today was difficult for me overall, what he brought to the match,” said Auger-Aliassime after his debut at Roland Garros. “I knew him, I knew it was going to be hard going through him, [he was] will hand over a lot of balls. Obviously the conditions weren’t the best for me. … He played well.

“Plus, you know, I wasn’t good, and I could have been better on a lot of those opportunities. So you know I give it credit for it and take responsibility for it because I just felt like there were too many times I just didn’t step up and play a decent point . ”

Auger-Aliassime added that the result was “difficult to accept”.

No.9 seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., And Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver are scheduled to play in their first round games on Tuesday.

WATCH | Steven Diez lasts 4 sets during the Grand Slam main draw debut:

Steven Diez, 29, qualified from Toronto, loses in the 1st round of Roland Garros against American Mackenzie McDonald 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. 1:45


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