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Canada's Fernandez out of National Bank Open after straight-sets loss to Haddad Maia

 

Canada's Leylah Fernandez was eliminated from the National Bank Open following a 7-6 (4), 6-1 loss to Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia on Wednesday.

 

Fernandez, the 13th seed in Toronto, was playing in her first tournament following a two-month layoff to recover from a stress fracture in her right foot she sustained at the French Open.

 

While Fernandez showed plenty of fight in the first set, she eventually seemed to wear against the powerful attack of her increasingly confident opponent.

 

After an encouraging start, Fernandez gave up the first break of the match to go down 3-2 in the opening set.

 

Leading 5-4, Haddad Maia converted her fourth ace of the match to give her set point. But Fernandez saved to bring the score to deuce, then converted her first break point to tie the set.

 

Haddad Maia restored her lead in the next game, finally converting on her fourth break point chance of the game to go up 6-5.

 

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