Canada’s Fernandez falls to Garcia in second round of Australian Open

Here are the highlights as fourth-ranked Caroline Garcia defeated Canadian Leylah Fernandez in straight sets 7-6, 7-5 to move on to the third round of the Australian Open.

Canada’s Leylah Fernandez was eliminated from women’s singles play at the Australian Open after dropping a second-round match to Caroline Garcia of France 7-6 (5), 7-5 on Thursday.

Garcia dominated with the serve, delivering 11 aces in a spirited match that lasted one hour and 52 minutes at Rod Laver Stadium.

The tournament’s fourth seed also converted two of three breakpoint opportunities, while Fernandez capitalized on just one of nine.

The 20-year-old Montreal native is still scheduled to team with partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the U.S. in women’s doubles play in Melbourne. The pair will meet Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia and China’s Zhang Shuai later today.

Also today, Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa and partner Giuliana Olmos, seeded third in women’s doubles, open their tournament against American Shelby Rogers and Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu.

In men’s singles play, Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, the tournament’s sixth seed, is set to face No. 28 Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina in a third-round match, while No. 20 Denis Shapovalov, of Richmond Hill, Ont., meets No. 10 Hubert Hurkaczv of Poland.

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