Shapovalov upset in a 5-set marathon, Fernandez advances to Roland-Garros


Leylah Annie Fernandez is heading for the third round, while fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov was eliminated at Roland Garros.Fernandez, an 18-year-old from Laval, Que., Beat World 47th Polona Hercog of Slovenia 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in a women’s second round match Thursday at the Grand Slam on clay. .

Shapovalov, the No. 9 seed in the men’s draw from Richmond Hill, Ont., Lost 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 8-6 to Roberto Carballes Baena, d ‘Spain, in a five-hour match in the second round. Shapovalov was the last Canadian to stay in the men’s draw.

Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., Qualified for the third round of the women’s draw on Wednesday. She will face the Polish Iga Swiatek, world No. 54.

Fernandez is making her main draw debut at the tournament after winning the women’s division at Roland Garros last year. She will face seventh seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, two-time Wimbledon champion, in the third round.

WATCH | Shapovalov ousted in 5 sets:

No.9 seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., Lost 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 8-6 to Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain, in a five-hour second round match at Roland Garros. 3:57

WATCH | Fernandez in the 3rd round:

The 18-year-old from Laval, Que., Beat world number 47 Polona Hercog of Slovenia 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to advance to the third round of the French Open. 3:10

Shapovalov missed two chances to serve the game before falling to Carballes Baena, 101st in the world. Carballes Baena will face No.18 seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the third round.

Shapovalov failed to reach the third round of Roland Garros for the first time in his career. He reached the second round in 2018 and lost in the first round last year.

The Canadian had just qualified for the semi-finals on clay at the Italian Open. He made the quarterfinals at the US Open last month.

Shapovalov and his partner Rohan Bopanna of India were scheduled to face Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil and American Jack Sock in a first-round doubles match later Thursday.

Former champion Ostapenko advances

Earlier on Thursday, former champion Jelena Ostapenko ousted second seed Karolina Pliskova from the French Open with a 6-4 6-2 second-round victory after a mistake-filled performance from the Czech player.

Latvian Ostapenko, who won the 2017 title as an unranked player, played aggressively from the start and struck out 27 winners as a strangely overpowered Pliskova struggled to contain her straightforward mistakes under the closed roof of the short Philippe Chatrier.

WATCH | Jelena Ostapenko also Karolina Pliskova in Paris:

2017 champion and world number 43 player Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia knocked out Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the third round at Roland Garros. 1:25

Ostapenko, 23, broke her opponent’s serve three times in the first set and twice in the second to seal her victory and ensure that Pliskova remains the only former active world number one not to have won a Grand Slam .

Ostapenko converted her third match point when Pliskova, who had 25 unforced errors, sent a long forehand and she will then meet the winner of the clash between former US Open champion Sloane Stephens and the Spaniard. Paula Badosa.

Djokovic cruising to victory

Novak Djokovic’s biggest concern seemed to have been faced with rare sunshine during his second round victory at Roland Garros.

Djokovic, No.1, asked his team to get him a hat so he could wear it on the short Philippe Chatier side who was the brightest in his 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Ricardas Berankis.

Djokovic has lost a total of just 10 games so far making it to the third round in Paris. He won the title at Roland Garros in 2016 to end a career in Grand Slam.

Djokovic said “I hope I can continue like this”.

He improved to 33-1 in 2020. His only loss came when he was disqualified at the US Open last month.

Early release for Stephens

Former runner-up Sloane Stephens lost in the second round for his first outing at Roland Garros since a first-round loss on his debut in 2011.

The 29th-seeded American lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to Spanish player Paula Badosa.

Stephens reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros last year and the final in 2018.

She had reached at least the third round every year since 2012 except in 2017 when she was injured. Stephens won the US Open later that year.

Stephens led Badosa 27-20 in the winners but made 36 unforced errors against 18 for his unranked opponent.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here