Canadian qualifier Leylah Annie Fernandez upset 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-3 in the opening round of the Top Seed Open on Tuesday.
The 17-year-old Fernandez, from Laval, Que., is now 2-0 against the American in her career.
Fernandez, ranked 120th in the world, won two qualifying matches to reach the main draw in the second week of the WTA Tour’s restart following a four-month suspension of play because of COVID-19.
The 37th-ranked Stephens, seeded seventh, saved just one of five break points. Fernandez had the big edge in first-serve points won, being successful on 78.1 per cent of opportunities as compared to 58.6 per cent for Stephens. (CBC)