Canadian teen Leylah Fernandez advances to semis at Mexican Open

Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez dispatched Russia’s Anastasia Potapova 6-3, 7-5, at the Mexican Open in Acapulco on Thursday to advance to her first-ever WTA tournament semi-final.

The 18-year-old Laval, Que., native will face home crowd favourite Renata Zarazua in the semi-final match on Friday.

Zarazua claimed a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek on Thursday to advance.

Xiyu Wang tops Lin Zhu

China’s Xiyu Wang made quick work of countrywoman and sixth seed Lin Zhu on Thursday, winning 6-2, 6-2 in just 61 minutes to reach the other women’s singles semi-final at the Mexican Open.

Wang overcame five double faults by winning 84 percent of her first serves. She saved the only three break points she faced.

In the semis, Wang will face the other remaining seed in the tournament, No. 7 Heather Watson of Great Britain, who battled past Christina McHale 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.