Roland-Garros: set your alarm to see Leylah Annie Fernandez play in the final

PARIS | You would have to get up early to see Leylah Annie Fernandez play in the women’s doubles final at Roland-Garros on Sunday.

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Alongside American Taylor Townsend, the 20-year-old Quebecer will jump on the Philippe-Chatrier court at 11:30 a.m., or 5:30 a.m., Quebec time.

The Canadian-American duo will face China’s Xinyu Wang and Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh.

“Every player dreams of playing and winning a Grand Slam, taking the trophy home,” Leylah said on Friday after beating second seeds Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula of the United States in the semifinals.

A first major trophy?

Fernandez and Townsend will try to savor a first major title among seniors, after having shone in juniors. The Canadian won Roland-Garros in 2019 and the 27-year-old American triumphed at the Australian Open in 2012.

Then, in the pros, Fernandez was a runner-up at the 2021 U.S. Open, while Townsend made the women’s doubles final last year in New York.

Leylah is sure to want to save the honor of the maple leaf in the French capital too, as Bianca Andreescu lost in the mixed doubles final on Thursday and Ontarian Robert Shaw lost in the ultimate wheelchair quad doubles match on Saturday. .

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