Leylah Fernandez withdraws from Washington, pushes back her comeback date



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Leylah Fernandez withdraws from Washington, pushes back her comeback date

Leylah Fernandez won't be making her return in Washington as she has withdrawn from the Citi Open. Fernandez, 19, sustained a Grade 3 stress fracture during a French Open quarterfinal loss versus Martina Trevisan and she has been out since.

After missing the entire grass season, Fernandez was targeting to make her comeback in Washington. Unfortunately, Fernandez still doesn't feel ready to return to action and she won't be making her Washington debut next week.

This past weekend, Fernandez was scheduled to play Cori Gauff in an exhibition match in Atlanta.

Unfortunately, that match also didn't happen. "Hey, guys. So I just wanted to give you a quick update. While my foot is recovering, I am following my doctor's orders, which are that I will not be able to compete for the next coming week.

So, I'm very, very sad to say that I will not be in Atlanta. And even though it's heartbreaking for me, I hope that everyone — the fans and the players — will enjoy their time at the tournament and I want to wish Coco good luck.

Bye. See you next time," Fernandez said.

Fernandez refused to retire and aggravated her injury

Even though Fernandez was clearly in pain and discomfort versus Trevisan, she refused to retire the match. After losing the match, the scan results weren't positive and Fernandez announced she would be out for the entire grass season.

After the French Open, Fernandez revealed she felt a "pinch" during her third match. At first, Fernandez wasn't really paying attention to it but realized it was something serious after the pain started to increase as the tournament progressed.

“It was a sharp pain. At first it was a pinch and then afterwards it was a sharp pain. It was hard to put my foot down and then it was just hard to walk normally," Fernandez explained. Fernandez now likely targets to make her return at the National Bank Open in Toronto, which kicks off on August 8.