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Quebec's Fernandez retires due to injury during first-round match at San Diego Open

Leylah Fernandez of Canada plays a backhand return to Alycia Parks of the U.S. during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024. Canada's Leylah Fernandez retired from her first-round match at the San Diego Open due to injury on Tuesday against Germany's Tatjana Maria. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Alessandra Tarantino
Leylah Fernandez of Canada plays a backhand return to Alycia Parks of the U.S. during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024. Canada's Leylah Fernandez retired from her first-round match at the San Diego Open due to injury on Tuesday against Germany's Tatjana Maria. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Alessandra Tarantino
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Canada's Leylah Fernandez retired from her first-round match at the San Diego Open due to injury on Tuesday against Germany's Tatjana Maria.

Fernandez, the eighth seed at the tournament, had won the opening set before the match concluded in the second, with the score being 7-6 (7), 0-4.

Maria will next face Australia's Daria Saville in the second round.

Fernandez had one ace and won 51.4 per cent of her first-serve points. The Laval, Que., native also broke on two of her six chances.

Marina Stakusic is the only other Canadian at the event.

She advanced to the second round with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 win on Monday against Russia's Marina Melnikova.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 27, 2024. 

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