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National Bank Open update: No Canadians left in men's and women's singles

Milos Raonic and Leylah Fernandez posted strong starts to their tournaments, but both bowed out in the third round on Thursday.

The men’s singles tournament, taking place in Toronto, and women’s singles tournament, hosted in Montreal, are underway, with eight Canadians taking part. 

Let’s take a look at how they've fared.

Raonic’s run cut short

Milos Raonic’s renaissance at the National Bank Open this week ended on Thursday evening, as the Canadian fell in straight sets to unseeded American Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 6-3.

The former world No. 3 was competing in just his third event since suffering Achilles and toe injuries in 2021.

He defeated world No. 9 Frances Tiafoe in the opening round with a vintage performance – the same kind that led him to the 2016 Wimbledon final. Two days later, he handled Taro Daniel in straight sets.

It was an optimistic few days for the Raonic, who is hoping to maintain good health ahead of this month’s US Open. 

"I've just got to keep looking forward and keep it short-term," Raonic said, per CBC Sports.

Read more about Raonic’s first round triumph over Tiafoe and his two-year journey recovering from a torn Achilles here.

Fernandez eliminated in straight sets

Leylah Fernandez, best known for reaching the 2021 US Open final as a 19-year-old, defeated American Peyton Stearns in the opening round, 6-3, 6-2, then upset reigning runner-up No. 11 Beatriz Haddad Maia 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 in round two. 

Her run ended on Thursday at the hands of American Danielle Collins 6-2, 6-3. Fernandez had five double faults and was broken three times in the loss, a match that started at 10 PM - three hours later than planned - due to rain delays.

A wildcard entry into the event, Fernandez was the last Canadian standing in the women’s singles bracket - her first tournament in her home Montreal since reaching to the final at Flushing Meadows two years ago.

No. 10 Auger-Aliassime ousted in opener

The highest-ranked Canadian man or woman in the world right now is out of the National Bank Open in the first round.

Felix Auger-Aliassime, the 10th ranked player in the field and No. 12 in the world rankings, fell to Australia’s Max Purcell in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. 

The Montreal native hasn’t won consecutive singles matches since the BNP Paribas Open in March, losing in the first or second round in eight consecutive tournaments.

Andreescu falls in straight sets

Bianca Andreescu, the highest-ranked Canadian woman in the world at No. 41, said after the 6-3, 6-2 loss to Camila Giorgi that she suffered back pain throughout the match.

The 2019 US Open champion said of her back injury, “it’s nothing very serious, but if you do push, you do feel a lot of pain,” per Sportsnet. She added her goal is to be ready for the US Open starting on August 28.

Diallo stuns recent champ

Canada’s Gabriel Diallo defeated Great Britain’s Dan Evans 7-6 (5), 7-5 in the opening round, a shock result given Diallo’s youth and Evans’ recent form. 

Diallo, a wildcard entry, closed out the ATP Washington champion in straight sets for his first career ATP Tour win. The 21-year-old will face Australian Alex de Minaur in the second round.

Other wildcard results

Canada’s Alexis Galarneau falls to Francisco Cerundolo 2-6, 6-4, 4-6

Canada’s Rebecca Marino falls to Katie Boulter 3-6, 1-6

Canada’s Vasek Pospisil falls to Matteo Arnaldi 4-6, 4-6

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