Indian Wells, Calif. – She’s back and hasn’t missed a single beat.

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Quebec’s Leyla Fernandez defeated Elije Cornet of France 6-2, 6-3 in the Indian Wells tournament on Friday.

Fernandez will now face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia after beating American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-1 in the third round.


Laval’s 19-year-old southpaw is no longer unknown as she improved the rankings following her dream US Open final a month ago, and is currently 23-seeded in the tournament (she is ranked 28th in the world).

Things didn’t go so well for Fernandez’s fellow teenager, who defeated him to win at Flushing Meadows.

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US Open champion Emma Radukanu lost 6-2, 6-4 to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.

In doubles, Canada’s Denis Shapovalov and India’s Rohan Bopanna defeated Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliasime and Poland’s Hubert Herkaz 6-1, 2-6, 10-4.

In singles, ninth seed Shapovalov will face Canada’s Vasek Pospisil on Saturday.

Seventh seed Auger-Aliassim will face Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinola.

Canada was also represented by Bianca Andreescu in the women’s draw. Her opponent on Saturday will be Alison Riske of America.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published in French on October 9, 2021.

– With reporting from Granthshala News Montreal.