The Brazilian played a tough match, but lost to the local athlete and will not defend her points from last year’s second campaign.
Algoz in 2022, while runner-up, Bia Haddad was unable to repeat her previous performance and ended up being eliminated from the Canadian Open in the second phase after losing to Canadian Leylah Fernandez by 2 sets at 1, with partials of 5/7, 7/5 and 3/6, after almost three hours of departure. The Brazilian managed to avoid a match point in the second set and fought until the end, but could not overcome the strong performance of her rival.
Bia Haddad and Leylah Fernandez faced each other twice last year, with each tennis player triumphing. In this encounter, the Brazilian began to force returns and quickly broke the serve of the young 20-year-old Canadian to then open the score at 2 to 0. With a double fault, however, she allowed the equalizer. And he got momentarily lost on the ground.
The strong wind seemed to hinder Bia’s powerful shots, and she began to make mistakes. In the absence of easy balls, she allowed the situation to turn around at 4 to 2. Visibly uncomfortable, she even spoke to the referee to calm the game down, before breaking again in a long partial and losing herself. resume in the set. On serve, she equalized at 4-4, then 5-5. But Leilah continues to be more precise and closes at 7-5, imposing the third break in the Brazilian’s service.
In the second set, Bia had to draw strength from where she seemed to have none to avoid the Canadian’s match point and stay alive in the match. The Brazilian let out a burst after preventing Leilah from winning, leveled the duel at 5-5 and won both straight games to take the match to the third and decisive set.
Bia approached the third set with a determined look, but she did not have an easy task against the Canadian, who managed some nice parallels to surprise the Brazilian. Without respite, the match was tied 3-3, but the Canadian gained confidence and made the crowd’s voices raise with each point won. While the score was 4-3, Leilah dominated her rival and confirmed the victory in the final stretch without much difficulty.
The world number 1, the Polish Iga Swiatek, secured her place in the round of 16 with a victory in two sets against the Czech Karolína Pliskova, partials of 7/6 (8/6) and 6/2. Elena Rybakina, third in the world, faced a real battle with the American Jennifer Brady. After losing the first set in the tie-break, she managed to come back: 6/7 (3/7), 7/6 (7/5) and 6/3. He closed with an ace.
In other valuable matches in Montreal, fourth favorite, the American Jessica Pegula applied a double 6/4 on the Kazakh Yelena Putintseva, while her compatriot Cori Gauff, seeded 6, calmly defeated the British Katie Boulter, with a double 6/two.
MARCELO MELO FALLS IN DOUBLE
The Brazilian Marcelo Melo and the Australian John Peers had a very balanced duel against Sander Gille and Joran Vilegen, decided only by super tie-break, with 2-1 for the Belgians, partial 6/7 (6/8), 6 / 2 and 7/10, during its premiere in Toronto.
“Unfortunately, that didn’t happen here. Today we had a few chances to take the lead in the first set, to close it out, and that could have been a game-changer. Then we were ahead again in the decisive match. We ended up missing a good opportunity to advance,” said a sorry Marcelo Melo.
The reprimand is fair. Both men missed two break points in the first set and lost their serve in the tie-break when they could get closer to the fence. After reacting in the second and equalizing the match, the Brazilian and the Australian failed again, this time in the deciding set. They had 7 to 6 and two serves to open 9 to 6 and they didn’t take advantage of it. The Belgians finish with four points in a row.
“Anyway, it’s a game that really hurts a bit, because we had an advantage and we couldn’t handle it. One time they played well, the other time we would have was able to play even better. But, as I always say, the duo is very close to the limit. It didn’t work. It’s about continuing to train to play better when I’m in front next time. Tomorrow (Thursday), I’m going to Cincinnati,” he added, already anticipating the ATP 1000 which will be held in the United States. (Stadium content)
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