A packed OOP in Cleveland, with the Stephens-Andreeva match suspended for rain Thursday night.
In the end, Leylah Fernandez’s quarterfinal match against Tatjana Maria came on a little earlier than planned. But it didn’t go Fernandez’s way.
She’s struggling with the service toss again, and a mechanical change to the motion that worked okay under very little pressure early in the week was tested, not too successfully.
Fernandez was befuddled by the arrray of slices, and her decision-making about how to deal with them didn’t work out.
Tennis in the Land
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Category: WTA 250
Surface: Outdoor Hard
Dates: Aug. 20 – 26, 2023
Prize money: $271,363
Draws: S32 – D16
Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023
Tatjana Maria (GER) def Leylah Fernandez (CAN) 63 62
Zhu Lin (CHN) def [1/WC] Carolina Garcia (FRA) 64 61
[LL] Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) def.  Sloane Stephens (USA) 61 63
 Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) def [Q] Wang Xinyu (CHN) 57 60 75
Singles, second round
 Sloane Stephens (USA) def Mirra Andreeva (RUS) 63 63
Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) / Giuliana Olmos (MEX) def. Makoto Ninomiya (JPN) / Sabrina Santamaria (USA) 46 76 (4) [10-3]
 Nicole Melichar Perez (USA) / Ellen Perez (AUS) def. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) / Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) WALKOVER