Canadian Fernandez eliminated in second round of Volvo Car Open

Canada’s Leylah Annie Fernandez lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to Danka Kovinic of Montenegro in the second round of the Volvo Car Open on April 7, 2021.

The Canadian Press

Canada’s Leylah Annie Fernandez is out of the Volvo Car Open after losing 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to Danka Kovinic of Montenegro in the second round on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old Fernandez, from Laval, Que., and Kovinic both struggled on serve with 13 combined breaks in the match at the WTA 500 clay-court event.

Fernandez, ranked 72nd in the world, lost seven service games, while the 91st-ranked Kovinic dropped six.

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Fernandez captured her first career WTA Tour title last month in Mexico before losing her first-round qualifying match at the Miami Open.

The Volvo Car Open was the opening clay-court event of the season for Fernandez.

In doubles play, Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and American Asia Muhammad beat Croatia’s Darija Jurak and Slovenia’s Andreja Klepac 6-4, 3-6, 10-5 in the round of 16.