Canada’s Fernandez ousted in third round of Miami Open

Leylah Fernandez advanced to the third round at the Madrid Open Félix Auger-Aliassime won his opening-round match. (Hussein Sayed/AP)

Canada’s Leylah Fernandez fell 7-5, 6-4 to Jessica Pegula of the United States in third-round action at the Miami Open on Sunday.

The Laval, Que., native committed four double faults, won 58.6 per cent of her first-serve points and broke on three of her nine opportunities. Each player had one ace.

Pegula — ranked fifth in the world — only had one double fault and won 70.5 per cent of her first-serve points, while breaking on five of her 13 chances. 

The 35th-ranked Fernandez advanced after a 6-4, 6-2 second-round win over Colombia’s Emiliana Arango on Saturday.

Canada’s singles hopes ended later in the day when Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont. lost 6-3, 7-6 (7) to Matteo Arnaldi of Italy in third-round men’s play.

Shapovalov was coming off an impressive win over No. 10 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.

In women’s doubles action, Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and New Zealand’s Erin Routliffe defeated Japan’s Miyu Kato and Indonesia’s Aldila Sutjiadi 6-4, 6-4 in second-round play.

On the men’s side, Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., will face Italy’s Matteo Arnaldi in a third-round match later Sunday.

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