March 20, 2023

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This time the miracle did not happen. After a credible first round, Leila Fernandez lost in the fourth round of the Indian Wells Tournament to American Shelby Rogers, 44th in the world.

Quebec has accustomed us to a spectacular comeback from her career to the United States Open final. But on Tuesday, she got a taste of her own offense, losing 2-6, 6-1 and 7-6 (4) in a 2 hour 34 minute game.

Fernandez has complained that he did not play his best tennis in the previous round, against ninth-favorite Russian Anastasia Pavlochenkova.

In the case of Rogers, it happened again, especially in its service. The 19-year-old Laval woman offered the 28-year-old American less than 16 chances to break up, and they took advantage of them five times.

And this time, his great stubbornness did not allow him to come out victorious.

Rogers was the best in the third round, especially after breaking up early.

Rogers provided the most creative tennis by multiplying dangerous forehand from the second set.

She made a total of 36 winning shots compared to 23 for 25E Favorite, playing the prestigious Indian Wells Tournament for the first time in his career.

Leila Fernandez ended her career in singles against Shelby Rogers in Indian Wells on Tuesday.

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Leila Fernandez ended her career in singles against Shelby Rogers in Indian Wells on Tuesday.

“Bright future”

At the end of this fight, the experienced athlete highlighted the intelligence of his young opponent.

“She has had an amazing season and she is a very good person on and off the field,” Anne said in a winning court interview. She has a bright future ahead of her. “

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Although she conceded 16 positions to Lela, Rogers is also having a good time. Before the duel on Tuesday, the American had won nine of his last 11 meetings.

She knocked out World No. 1 Ashley Barty in the fourth round of the US Open, eventually losing to defending champion Emma Raduka of Britain.

Tough second round

After a solid first set that saved the two breakage balls she faced, Leila seemed to have lost her beautiful bearings.

Kubeser quickly trailed 5-0. While she maintained her dignity by breaking Rogers at the end of the round, she gave him the set in a double fault in the service.

At the start of the final round Fernandez seemed to have regained his intelligence – and his best tennis. She gave herself five chances to break Rogers in the first game, eventually taking a 1-0 lead.

The end of mania

But his opponent responded immediately, signaling a complicated end to the game.

And that is, one side and the other side.

The American had to save three breakage balls in five games everywhere. And then she gave Match a match point on her serve, but Lela erased it with a winning stroke.

Then, twice in a tiebreaker, recently returned from behind the US Open finalist. This is the third time Rogers has faced Latvian Jelena Ostapenko (24).E), The second favorite, winner of the Polish Iga Sviatech.

As for Leila, she must return to Prague in early November to preserve Canada’s colors in the Billy Jean King Cup.