Canada’s Leylah Fernandez ousted from Indian Wells after grueling 4th-round loss


Canada’s rising tennis star Leylah Fernandez has been eliminated at Indian Wells.

The 19-year-old from Laval, Que., lost to American Shelby Rogers, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 in the round of 16 of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday.

Fernandez showed plenty of fight, saving match point at 5-6 in the third, before ultimately falling short in a final set that lasted 83 minutes.

It’s a career-best result at the WTA 1000 level for Fernandez, who won her first WTA title in March at the Monterrey Open and was a finalist at the U.S. Open in September.

WATCH | Fernandez falls at Indian Wells:

Rogers rallies to oust Fernandez from Indian Wells round of 16

American Shelby Rogers beat Leylah Annie Fernandez of Laval, Que., 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(4) to advance to the quarter-finals at Indian Wells. 3:00

Canadian teammate Bianca Andreescu was eliminated in the third round of women’s singles on Monday.

Upsets dominated throughout the tournament on Tuesday, with three top-five seeds getting dismissed in straight sets.

No. 2 Iga Swiatek, the highest remaining women’s seed, lost to No. 24 Jelena Ostapenko 6-4, 6-3. Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova was upset a day earlier, when she lost to Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-3, 7-5.

American Jessica Pegula routed No. 5 Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-1.

On the men’s side, American Taylor Fritz beat No. 5 Matteo Berretini 6-4, 6-3. Karen Khachanov defeated No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta 6-0, 6-4.

No. 6 Casper Ruud survived the onslaught of upsets, outlasting Lloyd Harris 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4.

Jannik Sinner advanced via walkover against American John Isner.

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