Trevisan upsets Fernandez, moves into first major semifinal at Roland Garros

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Italy’s Martina Trevisan beat Canada’s Leylah Fernandez 6-2 6-7(3) 6-3 in the first women’s singles quarterfinal at the 2022 French Open.

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In the first Grand Slam quarterfinal between left-handers since Lucie Safarova faced Ekaterina Makarova at 2014 Wimbledon, the world No.59 Trevisan took her opponent’s service game right at the start of the match. Down 3-2, the 2021 US Open finalist Fernandez took a medical timeout to treat her right foot, but the tone of the set stayed the same, as Trevisan won three consecutive games to confidently win 6-2.

In the second set, Fernandez went 3-1 up after earning and converting her first break point in the match. The aggressive Trevisan quickly neutralized her opponent’s lead by breaking back with her 19th winner. The 17th-seeded Fernandez had a chance to recover her lead, going 40-0 on Trevisan’s serve, but the Italian saved four break points to level at 3-3.

When Trevisan was serving for victory at 5-4, Fernandez saved one match point and broke her opponent’s serve to level at 5-5. After wasting the big opportunity, Trevisan lost the set in a tiebreak, double-faulting on Fernandez’ first set point.

In the decider, Trevisan established a 4-0 lead and even though Fernandez earned two breaks of her own, the brave Trevisan had the upper hand and dominated the set.

After lifting her maiden WTA title at Rabat last week, Trevisan is on a 10-match winning streak. The 28-year-old is the first Italian to reach a Roland Garros semifinal since Sara Errani in 2013.

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