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Canada’s Fernandez has been eliminated from the National Bank Open after a straight set loss to Haddad Maia.

TORONTO — Canada’s Leila Fernandez was ruled out of the National Bank Open after losing to Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia 7-6(4) 6-1 on Wednesday.

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

Fernandez put up a lot of fighting in the first set, but eventually seemed unable to withstand the powerful attacks of an increasingly confident opponent.

After a good start, Fernandez gave up the first break of the match to lead 3-2 in the first set.

Leading 5-4, Haddad Maia scored his fourth ace of the match to score a set point. However, Fernandez converted his first break point to tie the set after saving to bring the score to deuce.

Haddad Maia regained the lead in the next game, eventually making it 6-5 with a fourth break point chance of the game.

However, the Brazilian was unable to finish the set. Hadd his Maia double fault set Fernandes to double break his points and the Canadian took the next point after a long rally to force a tie break.

Haddad Maia proved too much for Fernandez in the extra session, using a powerful stroke to throw the Canadian off balance and take a 6-3 tiebreak lead.

Fernandez saved another set point before Haddad Maia nailed it with a powerful backhand to end the short rally.

Haddad Maia picked up momentum in the second set, turning an early break into a 3-0 lead.

In her second break of the set, Haddad Maia led 5-1 and in the final game she served love to win the match.

Haddad Maia next faces world number one Iga Swiatek. Iga Swiatek advanced to the third round with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Australian qualifier Ajla Tomljanovic.

Swiatek extended his hard-court winning streak to 20 games, defeating Tomljanovic in just 1 hour and 4 minutes.

The Polish star connected on 26 of his 37 return points (70.3%) and made 6 of his 9 breakpoint opportunities.

No. 10 seed Coco Gauff (USA) defeated Jelena Ryvakina of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (3). Defending her champion Camilla Giorgi of Italy beat Belgium’s Elise Mertens 6-3 7-5. And seventh seed Jessica Pegula defeated fellow American Asia Muhammad 6-2, 7-5.

Mississauga, Ontario’s Bianca Andreescu was the last Canadian left in the singles draw and was scheduled to face France’s Alizee Cornet in the final on Center Court. Won the tournament in 2019 when he retired.

Williams was scheduled to start the evening session on Center Court against Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic. A 23-time Grand Slam winner, Williams is last playing in Toronto before retiring after the US Open.

Canada’s Fernandez has been eliminated from the National Bank Open after a straight set loss to Haddad Maia.

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