Fernandez and Marino give Canada the lead

VANCOUVER – Quebec’s Leylah Fernandez quickly defeated Latvia’s Darja Semenistaja in two sets Friday in the Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers.

The 19-year-old Fernandez made beautiful transitions between her powerful forehand and her deceptive backhand to win 6-1, 6-2 in just 53 minutes.

Fernandez scored an ace and converted seven of her nine breaking balls during the match. However, she had some difficulties by committing four double faults.

Ranked 21st globally, Fernandez started the game as Canada’s best player. Semenistaja, the 389th player globally, is the second highest-ranked player on the Latvian team.

On Friday, Fernandez quickly took the lead, giving Semenistaja no points in the first game.

The Latvian broke her opponent in the third game, but Fernandez pulled herself together to win all the following games.

Fernandez began to falter midway through the second set.

Ahead 4-1, the Representative of Canada committed a double fault, and she then struggled with her returns. Semenistaja broke it to zero to close the gap.

In the next match, Hernandez scored when Semenistaja sent a ball into the net and another out of bounds.

Finalist at the last U.S. Open tennis, Fernandez closed the books without giving a point to the Latvian in the last game.

Fernandez faces Daniela Vismane on Saturday.

Marino Increases Canada’s Lead

On Friday, Canada’s Rebecca Marino scored a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 victory over Latvia’s Daniela Vismane in the Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers.

The win allowed Canada to take a 2-0 lead in the duel after Quebec’s Leylah Fernandez dominated Darja Seminstaja in two sets, 6-1, 6-2.

Marino, the 111th ranked racquet globally, used her powerful serve to defeat Vismane as she managed 17 aces during the clash. One of his bullets crossed the net at 200 kilometers per hour.

But Marino, Canada’s second seed, also committed some direct fouls. She committed 55 in this match, which lasted two hours and seven minutes.

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The series will continue on Saturday, with two more singles matches and a doubles duel. The winners of this qualification will advance to the tournament’s finals, which will take place in November.

Marino used her powerful serve to take the first set on Friday, but she had to play catch-up tennis in the second set, during which she committed 21 direct fouls.

The crowd stayed behind their local favorite, and there was loud applause when they created the tie 6-6.

However, a series of errors cost Marino dearly in the tiebreaker, and Vismane won the second set.

The 31-year-old Marino scored three of her six breaking balls during the match, including one midway through the third set, taking a 4-2 lead.



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