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French Open: Italian Martina Trevisan beats Leylah Fernandez to reach the semi-finals


Unseeded Italian Martina Trevisan maintained her impressive form as she qualified for the French Open semi-finals with a 6-2 6-7(3) 6-3 loss to Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez on Tuesday. Trevisan, who will face American Coco Gauff in the last four, had all the answers as she dominated most of the match against an under par Fernandez who struggled to repeat the form that left her. took her to the US Open final last year.
The world number 59 could have won in straight sets but faltered on serve for the game at 5-4 in the second as fellow southpaw Fernandez dug deep to stay in the competition.

Fernandez comfortably claimed the tiebreaker to become the first player to take a set out of Treviso at Roland Garros this year, but that was to prove only a brief respite. Trevisan took a 3-0 lead in the deciding set and won a hard-fought fourth game to earn a double break.

17th seed Fernandez, who was treated for a foot injury in the opening set, was never going to go easy and broke serve twice herself to come back at 3-5. Nerves were evident as Trevisan served again for the match, but this time she wouldn’t be disallowed as she earned the win with an angled forehand cross.

“I felt a little nervous on the match point (in the second set) but it was normal to feel that emotion because it was only my second Grand Slam quarter-final,” said the Italian from 28 years old, who won his first WTA. title in Rabat this month, said. “I came here with a lot of energy and to put all my emotion on the court.”

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Trevisan showed her expertise on clay two years ago in Paris when she lost to eventual champion Iga Swiatek in the quarter-finals. Now she has gone one step further and will be confident against another teenager, 18th-seeded Gauff, in the semi-finals. She beat Gauff in her quarter-final run in 2020.

“I love the fight. I love the adrenaline. I love the moment before I step onto the court,” Trevisan added. She tries to emulate her compatriot Francesca Schiavone, who won the title in 2010, and the way she plays suggests that she will stop in this quest. Trevisan, surprisingly making only their third main draw appearance in Paris, broke serve in the opener.

Fernandez grimaced in game five and needed treatment on his left foot, but after resuming he slipped 5-2 as Trevisan fired a forehand winner down the line. The 19-year-old Canadian earned a break early in the second set, but Trevisan regained control and broke twice to hold a 5-4 lead with her serve to come.

Fernandez, however, showed great composure to bring the match to a tie-break which she claimed with ease.
She couldn’t complain though, as Trevisan seized their opportunity in the decider and kept their cool for their 10th straight win.

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