Félix Auger-Aliassime defeated in the second round


Quebec’s Félix Auger-Aliassime was upset 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 by Briton Jack Draper in the second round of the US Open on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old Englishman managed all three breaks in the match, against a rival who committed 41 unforced errors.

Draper broke for a 3-2 lead in the third set, then raced to victory in two and a half hours.

Sixth-seeded Auger-Aliassime has won his last two service games at zero, ending each of those games with an ace.

Draper ended the debate at his first opportunity, however, with a volley.

One of the breaks was materialized by a brilliant backhand passing from the Briton, on the line.

Ranked 53rd in the world, Draper will next face Karen Khachanov, 31st.

Earlier Wednesday, Quebec’s Leylah Fernandez lost 6-3, 7-6 (3) to Russia’s Liudmila Samsonova, also in the second round.

A year after a sensational run that took her to the women’s singles final and made her a New York crowd favorite, 14th-seeded Fernandez was unable to solve the serve his opponent.

Samsonova, 23 and ranked 35th in the world, hit 10 aces without committing a single double fault. She hit 62 percent of her first pitches and won 81 percent of the runs after placing her first pitch in play.

Samsonova was so dominant on her serve that she only conceded 13 points to Fernandez the entire match and faced no break points. In addition, she created 13 break chances and converted two, both in the first set.

Failing to qualify in the third round, Fernandez showed plenty of guts in the 12th game of the second set, where she had to save five match points, to force a tiebreaker.

Fernandez started the game well by collecting a mini-break on the first point but then lost her serve four times, including two in a row that helped Samsonova build a 5-2 break lead.

Thursday, Ontario’s Denis Shapovalov will play his second-round match against Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena in a duel that won’t start until 5 p.m.

Victory of Marino

In the afternoon, Canada’s Rebecca Marino advanced to the third round of women’s singles after winning in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (5), over Ukraine’s Daria Snigur.

This is the second time in his career that Marino has reached this milestone at a Grand Slam tournament. She had achieved the tour de force in 2011, at the French Open.

Against Romania’s Simona Halep on Monday, Marino had 13 aces, compared to Snigur’s only one, and three double faults. She also won 74 percent of the points after slotting her first inbounds serve.

The Vancouver athlete also took advantage of the irregularity of Snigur, who committed 48 unforced errors, including one while facing a match point.

Marino had three service breaks in eight chances and managed to save five of the seven break points she faced.

In the third round, Marino will battle China’s Zhang Shuai.

2019 tournament champion Bianca Andreescu takes on 15th seeded Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia.

In women’s doubles, Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and her partner Giuliana Olmos of Mexico easily advanced to the second round following a convincing 6-2, 6-1 win over Americans Peyton Stearns and Ashlyn Krueger.

Dabrowski and Olmos are the fifth seeds in the competition.

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