November 24, 2023

Open Court


First-round dubs loss ends Leylah Fernandez’s Miami Open

MIAMI, Fla. – On the positive side, there were a lot of smiles.

And from the looks of it, a lot of pertinent doubles advice as well.

But Canadian Leylah Fernandez and American Ingrid Neel lost their first-round doubles match to the exponentially more experienced Sania Mirza and Kirsten Flipkens Friday in Miami.

The Can-Am team went down 6-3, 7-6 (2); they had the momentum going into the second set tiebreak. But Flipkens and Mirza took over.

Here’s what it looked like.

So after the opening-match loss in singles to Karolina Muchova, Fernandez doesn’t have much to take away from the Miami Open.

Other than the fact that she finally got to PLAY it for the first time.

There is a 10-day gap now, and then Fernandez will play the Charleston tournament on Har-Tru before heading to Europe for the clay-court season.

So far she isn’t playing Stuttgart or Istanbul in a few weeks, scheduled to begin her clay-court swing only with Madrid and Rome, and then Roland Garros.

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