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Canada’s Leylah Fernandez suffered a 6-3, 6-4 loss to 15-year-old Mirra Andreeva in the first round of the Madrid Open on Wednesday.
The Russian teen, ranked 194th in the world, needed just an hour and 16 minutes to upset the 49th-ranked Fernandez.
Fernandez, from Laval, Que., won just 59.6 per cent of her first serves, compared to 70.1 per cent for Andreeva.
The 20-year-old Fernandez was successful on just one of six breakpoint opportunities, while Andreeva stole Fernandez’s serve three times on five opportunities.
Andreeva will face Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia, the tournament’s 13th seed, in the second round.
Montreal’s Eugenie Bouchard, who defeated American Elizabeth Mandlik in Tuesday’s qualifier, was calendared to meet Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska in an opening-round match later Wednesday.
Also Wednesday, former U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu withdrew due to a right hand injury. The 20-year-old was calendared to play lucky loser Viktoriya Tomova ahead of a potential showdown with No. 1 Iga Swiatek in the second round. Raducanu was replaced by another lucky loser, Julia Grabher of Austria.
Elina Svitolina, a former No. 3 playing in her first match at a WTA 1000 event in 14 months following maternity leave, lost 6-4, 7-5 to Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Amanda Anisimova of the United States lost 7-5, 6-2 to Arantxa Rus, while countrywoman Caty McNally defeated Dalma Galfi 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.