Canada’s Fernandez beats Rodionova, advances to main draw

Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez celebrates winning the junior women's final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Emma Navarro. (Jean-Francois Badias/AP)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Canada’s Leylah Fernandez has advanced to the main draw at the Top Seed Open.

The 17-year-old Fernandez downed Australia’s Arina Rodionova 6-2, 6-3 on Monday to advance to the tournament’s main draw through qualifiers.

The teenager from Montreal secured the match in one hour 20 minutes.

The 30-year-old Rodionova didn’t help her cause with eight double faults, including five in the deciding set.

Fernandez, the 2019 French Open junior girls champion, will play American Sloane Stephens in the first round of the main draw.

She beat Stephens in March at the Monterrey Open, before the COVID-19 pandemic put WTA Tour play on hold through the spring.

Fernandez returned to the court in late June at the Credit One Bank Invitational in Charleston, S.C.

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