US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez won a baseline battle over US 27th seed Amanda Anisimova 6-3 4-6 6-3 to book her place in the Roland Garros quarter-finals for the first times Sunday.
The only other time the Canadian left-hander made week two of a Grand Slam was on her run to the final at Flushing Meadows in 2021 when she lost to compatriot Emma Raducanu.
“Today was a very complicated match and I’m happy to have succeeded,” she said in an on-court interview, speaking in French.
“I knew she would fire a lot of winners and I had to accept that and not get frustrated. I was so looking forward to playing here. I’m happy with all the hard work we’ve done, me, my dad, Paid.”
On a cool, overcast morning on the Philippe Chatrier court, 19-year-old Fernandez put pressure on Anisimova’s serve from the start and quickly took a 4-0 lead, mixing skillful drop shots and crushing forehands .
Anisimova, 20, known for her easy power behind her groundstrokes, managed to claw back two breaks of serve to make it 3-5 but couldn’t stop Fernandez from taking the opener.
Three years ago, Anisimova, seeded 27 this year, became the youngest American to reach the Roland Garros semi-finals since Jennifer Capriati in 1990.
After a short break in the bathroom, Anisimova came back more focused, found a bit more control with her power groundstrokes and stepped up to the net more often to break up her opponent’s delivery twice for win the second set.
Anisimova had two break chances on Fernandez’s first service game in the deciding set, but the Canadian served an ace and then hit three crushing winners to hold.
Fernandez earned the crucial game five break to get ahead of the engrossing contest as the American made her frustration evident by throwing away her racquet after sending a long forehand.
The Canadian broke again in the ninth, converting her second match point when Anisimova’s return failed to clear the net.
Fernandez will face Italy’s world number 59 Martina Trevisan, who beat 47th-placed Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6(10) 7-5 for a spot in the semifinals.