Tennis

Leylah Fernandez falls in straight sets to Elena Rybakina in Qatar Open quarterfinals

Canada's Leylah Fernandez was eliminated from the Qatar Open on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-2 quarterfinal loss to third seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan in Doha.

21-year-old from Laval, Que., held 4-1 lead in 1st set before 3rd seed stormed back

Women's tennis player hitting the ball.
Canada's Leylah Fernandez plays a backhand during her 6-4, 6-2 loss to Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open in Doha on Thursday. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Canada's Leylah Fernandez was eliminated from the Qatar Open on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-2 quarterfinal loss to third seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan in Doha.

Fernandez, from Laval, Que., led the first set 4-1 and appeared to be in control of the match.

But Rybakina won the next six games and defended five game points in the final game of the first set before clinching it 6-4.

Rybakina also won the last four games of the match on her way to advancing to her third semifinal of the season.

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Leylah Fernandez falls to Elena Rybakina in Qatar Open quarters

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Leylah Fernandez of Laval, Que., lost to number three seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open in Doha.

"She's very good player, lefty, tricky one," Rybakina said. "Didn't start the match that well, but in the end found my way in the first set and happy to win in two.

"Today was quite windy compared other days. I didn't start with my serve well, and it was not easy to adjust. But ... I found my way, and also started to return and be better."

Rybakina will next face Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who is making her first hard-court semifinal appearance at a WTA 1000 tournament in 14 years.

The 21-year-old Fernandez, who entered the tournament ranked 38th in the world, improved her singles record on the year to 5-3 by advancing to the quarterfinals in Doha

With files from Field Level Media

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