Sports Shapovalov drops 5-setter, Fernandez keeps rolling at French Open
After US Open run, Shapovalov piling up more wins in Rome
ROME — From singles to doubles, hard courts to clay courts, North America to Europe, Denis Shapovalov just keeps playing — and, for the most part, winning. After spending more than 22 hours on court over the previous two weeks at the U.S. Open, where he reached the quarterfinals in both singles and doubles, Shapovalov is still going strong after crossing the Atlantic. The Canadian recovered from an early break in the second set to beat Spanish qualifier Pedro Martinez 6-4, 6-4 Thursday and reach the third round of the Italian Open.
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Canadian Denis Shapovalov lost a five-hour, second-round match against 101st-ranked Roberto Carballes Baena at the French Open on Thursday, falling 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 8-6.
But on the women's side, Leylah Annie Fernandez of Montreal, Quebec, joined compatriot Eugenie Bouchard in the third round with a gutty 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 win over world No. 47 Polona Hercog.
Canada's Andreescu withdraws from French Open
Bianca Andreescu has pulled out of this year's French Open, the 20-year-old's agent told the Canadian Press on Saturday. Andreescu, who became Canada's first-ever Grand Slam champion when she won the 2019 US Open, withdrew from the 2020 installment, citing an interrupted recovery from a knee injury due to the global pandemic. Andreescu, ranked No. 7 in the world, hasn't competed in a WTA tour event since last October at the WTA Finals in China because of the knee concern.The French Open at Roland Garros in Paris was pushed back four months due to the coronavirus and will start Sept. 21.
Fernandez will face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the third round.
Shapovalov, who made the quarterfinals of the US Open last month, squandered two match points in the fifth set before Baena converted his own.
The 21-year-old had never lost before the third round of the French Open.
Fernandez, 18, upset No. 31 seed Magda Linette in her main-draw debut on Monday. She won the girls' tournament in the clay-court Grand Slam last year and took her first-round match at the US Open before losing to Sofia Kenin.
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Kvitova tops Canadian teen Fernandez, Kenin advances at French Open .
Seventh-seeded Petra Kvitova progressed to the last 16 of the French Open courtesy of Saturday's 7-5, 6-3 victory over 18-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez. Fernandez, who won last year's junior title at Roland Garros, raced to a commanding 5-1 advantage in the first set, breaking Kvitova on three occasions. Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova then returned the favor with three service breaks of her own before claiming an entertaining opening set 7-5 after falling behind two set points.The clay-court conditions paired with Fernandez's pace gave the teen an advantage against the former world No.