After a somewhat controversial fortnight of touring in Madrid, the tour is now moving to Rome. Tennis is the focus. As players prepare to win the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, the first-round matches will soon begin.
It’s not the best start for all. Every tournament has its share of shockers. The Italian Open’s first round match was won by Aliaksandra Sashnovich, a Canadian Leylah Fenandez. Her fans are not happy with this loss, because they think it’s time for her to win a few events.
It is her second consecutive first-round defeat. Last week at the Madrid Open, she lost to Mirra Andréeva in straight sets 6-3 6-4. Sasnovich’s fans were not happy with another first-round defeat. The score read 7-6 4-6-6-3. She won one set, but the Canadian lost the match.
It was not so much her loss, but rather how she lost. Fernandez led 3-0 in the third set. She lost her match after losing six games in a row.
When a player fails after having achieved some great things, it is hard for them. Fernandez is famous for her run to the US Open final in 2021, where she lost to Britain’s Emma Raducanu. She comes into each tournament with high expectations. She defeated many top-seeds on her way to New York’s final. Fans would not expect her to have repeated failures on the WTA level, and would want her improve as quickly as possible.
Fernandez’s first round loss in the first round has disappointed fans
After Leylah’s first-round defeat, several fans rushed to Twitter and criticised her performance. Twitter is awash with tweets about her loss to Aliaksandra Sashnovich. Many have ridiculed her performance. Take a look at the tweets.
She would like to get rid of this negativity as soon as possible and prepare for the big prize on clay in Paris. If she wins big at the French Open, her fortunes can be changed. Fans would once again show their faith in her if she had a deep run.