Canadian tennis phenom Leylah Fernandez ousted at Indian Wells by Paula Badosa

Canada’s Leylah Fernandez has been eradicated from the BNP Paribas Open.

The 19-year-old from Laval, Que., misplaced 6-4, 6-4 to defending champion Paula Badosa of Spain in Tuesday evening’s spherical of 16.

Fernandez arrived at Indian Wells on the heels of a victory on the Monterrey Open per week earlier, the second WTA title of her profession.

Badosa beat Victoria Azarenka in a three-hour last to win the 2021 BNP Paribas Open.

Taylor Fritz defeated Spanish qualifier Jaume Munar 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2) within the third spherical of the BNP Paribas Open, making him one among 5 American males nonetheless alive within the desert match.

Fritz reached the semifinals at Indian Wells final 12 months, his career-best end in an ATP Masters 1000 occasion. The son of former WTA Tour professional Kathy Might has been on an upward trajectory since, reaching the fourth spherical of the Australian Open in January — his greatest exhibiting but in a Grand Slam occasion.

John Isner beat 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman, 7-5, 6-3, to achieve the fourth spherical. The six-foot-11 American capitalized on his 16-inch peak benefit, blasting 13 aces and irritating Schwartzman with intelligent drop pictures. Isner did not even want any tiebreakers; 18 of his 30 units performed this 12 months have resulted in tiebreakers.

Two different People, Tommy Paul and wild-card Steve Johnson, obtained beat. Paul misplaced to Twenty ninth-seeded Alex de Minaur, 7-6 (2), 6-4. Johnson dropped a 7-6 (7), 6-3 resolution to Eleventh-seeded Hubert Hurkacz.

“Tommy is de facto near cracking into being seeded at slams,” Fritz stated. “Reilly (Opelka) is constantly beating very, excellent gamers. It is not bizarre to see these guys beating actually good gamers, having stable outcomes.”

People Frances Tiafoe and Steve Johnson had been to play evening matches.

On Wednesday, two extra People have huge fourth-round matches. No. 17 seed Opelka performs 21-time main champion Rafael Nadal, whereas Jenson Brooksby takes on defending champion and Twelfth-seeded Cameron Norrie.

“For the primary time shortly you’ll be able to truly say American tennis on the lads’s facet may be very promising,” Isner stated. “We now have loads of gamers within the prime 100. I do suppose getting two gamers within the prime 10 someday within the close to future may be very conceivable.”

In different girls’s fourth-round motion, Madison Keys beat British qualifier Harriett Dart, 6-1, 6-4. Keys is the final American lady nonetheless within the match.

“I actually simply sort of buckled down,” Keys stated. “If I obtained a second serve, I used to be going to be extra aggressive. Once I obtained the chance, I used to be going to go for it.”

No. 3 seed Iga Swiatek outlasted three-time main champion and former No. 1 participant Angelique Kerber, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

“I felt like she wished to make use of her expertise and sort of trick me,” Swiatek stated. “I like that as a result of it is like a brand new expertise for me. I am fairly happy with myself that I might win towards such a sensible participant.”

Simona Halep, the 2015 champion, beat Sorana Cirstea 6-1, 6-4. The Romanians performed for the primary time in 12 years and have break up their 4 conferences.

“I really feel like I performed excellent within the first set,” Halep stated. “The second set was a bit of bit harder as a result of I began to overlook. She began to play a bit of bit higher. However I believe it is a robust victory for me.”

Petra Martic of Croatia beat No. 28 Liudmila Samsonova, 7-6 (6), 6-4. No. 6 Maria Sakkari superior when qualifier Daria Saville retired trailing 4-1 due to a left thigh damage.

— This report by the Related Press was first printed on March 15, 2022


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