BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom — Canada’s Leylah Annie Fernandez is heading to the second round of the Viking Classic Birmingham.
Fernandez, from Laval, Que., beat China’s Wang Yafan in the first round of the WTA Tour 250 grass-court event on Tuesday.
The 66th-ranked Fernandez won 76.1 per cent of points when she got her first serve in, well above her opponent’s rate (57.5 per cent).
It was Fernandez’s first match of the grass-court season. She lost in the second round of the French Open.
Meanwhile, Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime beat Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of the Noventi