On the age of 21, Leylah Fernandez is hardly a veteran — however the oldest participant remaining within the prime quarter of the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open draw used all her expertise to advance to the final eight.
The Canadian’s 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over Mirra Andreeva, 16, reversed the results of their earlier assembly in Madrid on clay 5 months in the past. That had been Andreeva’s first WTA victory, and a launchpad for her fast ascent into the High 50 this 12 months.
For the primary set of their rematch, the teenager appeared to have the measure of Fernandez once more. Out-manoeuvring the 2021 US Open finalist with exact angles, Andreeva broke for 3-1 and maintained the lead, sealing the set with a fantastic forehand go.
However Fernandez had come out with a unique tactical strategy — a dedication to forecourt aggression and swarming the web at any time when attainable. That started to pay dividends within the second set, and the World No.60 was an more and more dominant determine as she swept via 11 of the subsequent 13 video games. In complete, Fernandez gained 17 of her 27 web approaches, and fired 36 winners to Andreeva’s 16.
Andreeva mustered some late resistance from 5-1 down within the decider, but it surely was too little, too late as Fernandez closed out the win with a pair of unreturnable serves. She advances to her fourth quarterfinal of the 12 months.
“She’s very powerful to play towards,” mentioned Fernandez afterwards. “I am very pleased with the way in which I fought and the way in which I discovered options. I wasn’t afraid of going to the web though I used to be lacking so much.”
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Fernandez will bid for her first tour-level semifinal since profitable Monterrey 2022 towards Linda Fruhvirtova, 18, who triumphed in an all-teenage conflict 6-3, 7-5 over 16-year-old qualifier Alina Korneeva. Will probably be a primary encounter between Fernandez and 2022 Chennai champion Fruhvirtova, who reached her third quarterfinal of the season.
Korneeva is the reigning Australian Open and Roland Garros junior champion, and a rematch of the Melbourne ultimate during which she defeated Andreeva 6-7(2), 6-4, 7-5 was doubtlessly on the playing cards. The World No.179 had impressed to succeed in the second spherical on her WTA main-draw debut, and got here up with a sequence of fantastic winners as she stayed on the entrance foot towards Fruhvirtova. However in the end, the Czech’s steadiness gained via in 1 hour and 31 minutes.
Earlier, 2017 Hong Kong champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova notched her third High 20 win of the season to knock out No.2 seed Beatriz Haddad Maia 7-5, 1-6, 6-1, and No.6 seed Martina Trevisan got here via a 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3 lungbuster over Magdalena Frech in 2 hours and 46 minutes.
Trevisan will face No.3 seed Elise Mertens, who held off a late cost by qualifier Sofya Lansere to advance 6-3, 7-6(5).
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