Italian Trevisan defeats Fernandez to reach Roland-Garros semi-finals

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Unseeded Italian Martina Trevisan advanced to the French Open semi-finals with a 6-2 6-7(3) 6-3 loss to Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez on Tuesday.

Trevisan had all the answers as she dominated most of the game against an under-par Fernandez who struggled to repeat the form that took her to the US Open final last year.

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The world number 59 could have won in straight sets but faltered serving for the match at 5-4 in the second as fellow southpaw Fernandez dug deep to stay in the competition.

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Fernandez comfortably claimed the tiebreaker to become the first player to take a set out of Treviso at Roland Garros this year, but that was to prove only a brief respite.

Trevisan took a 3-0 lead in the deciding set and won a hard-fought fourth game to earn a double break.

Fernandez, who was treated for a foot injury in the first set, was never going to go easy and broke serve twice herself to come back at 3-5.

Nerves were evident as Trevisan served again for the match, but this time she wouldn’t be disallowed as she claimed victory with an angled forehand cross.

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