Tennis

Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez ousted in 2nd round of Abu Dhabi Open

Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez lost 6-4, 6-4 to Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia in the second round of the Abu Dhabi Open on Friday.

Belgian tennis player Kirsten Flipkens injures ankle after landing on advertising board

Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez, seen in this file photo from the U.S. Open in September was eliminated from the Abu Dhabi Open following a second-round 4-6, 4-6 defeat to Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek on Friday. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez lost 6-4, 6-4 to Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia in the second round of the Abu Dhabi Open on Friday.

The 87th-ranked Zidansek converted on four of five break points against Fernandez. The 88th-ranked Fernandez was good on just two of her six break-point chances.

The 18-year-old Fernandez had seven double faults and got her first serve in just over 51 per cent of the time.

Flipkens suffers unfortunate injury

Meanwhile, Belgian tennis player Kirsten Flipkens injured her ankle when she landed on an advertising board during a match against Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin in the second round and had to retire.

Flipkens won the first set 7-5 and was trailing 5-4 in the second when she jumped to play a shot and landed on the advertising board behind the baseline. Her left ankle twisted underneath her.

WATCH | Flipkens hurt after landing on advertising board:

Kirsten Flipkens injured after tripping over advertising board

Sports

4 months ago
1:21
Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens injured her ankle when she landed on an advertising board during a match against Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin in the second round of the Abu Dhabi Open and had to retire. 1:21

"I obviously got a little bit upset, quite emotional. We're good friends and that's not something you like to see. I just hope she has a speedy recovery and gets ready for Australia," Kenin said. "This is not the way I wanted to win."

Kenin said she had wanted to cross to Flipkens' side of the court to help her, but couldn't because of social distancing rules limiting contact between players during the coronavirus pandemic.

Too close to court says Kenin

The board which Flipkens tripped over was positioned between the baseline and a line judge's chair. Flipkens backtracked and jumped to play a lobbed shot from Kenin and fell backwards over the board into the chair before clutching her ankle in pain.

Kenin said the advertising board was too close to the court.

"I think maybe not to get rid of it but just to push it a little bit more back," Kenin said. "This is just like an unfortunate incident that happens."

Flipkens broke Kenin's serve five times in the first set, including breaking the American to love in consecutive service games to take the first set after Kenin had served for the set with a 5-4 lead.

Kenin will next play 13th-seeded Yulia Putintseva. The Kazakhstani player beat Barbora Krejcikova 6-4, 7-5.

Also, fourth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka beat Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-4 to reach the third round. She will next face Australian Open quarterfinalist Ons Jabeur, who beat Kateryna Bondarenko 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

With files from the Associated Press

Add some “good” to your morning and evening.

A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you.

Sign up now

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversationCreate account

Already have an account?

now