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Trevisan smiles her way into last eight

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Italian Martina Trevisan will face Leylah Fernandez in the quarter-finals of the French Open.

ARYNA SABALENKA of Belarus. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Italian world No.59 Martina Trevisan could not contain her joy when she earned a match point against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Sunday.Italian world No.59 Martina Trevisan could not contain her joy when she earned a match point against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Sunday.And she put on her biggest smile before booking her French Open quarter-final spot with a 7-6 (10) 7-5 win.

As she prepared to serve on her first match point and dispatch Sasnovich, the diminutive Trevisan, a quarter-finalist in Paris in 2019, beamed one of her trademark smiles then proceeded to beat the Belarusian and extend her winning run to nine matches.

Trevisan, who had landed her first tour title days before the French Open with victory in Rabat, has so far not dropped a set en route to the last eight.

"I know that it's weird that I was smiling but you know it helped me a lot during the moment of more patience and more nervous," Trevisan said.

"I remember to smile and I feel better.

"It's not easy to do because the situation is very tough but I practice it a lot."

She will next face Canadian Leylah Fernandez, the US Open finalist who won a baseline battle against American 27th seed Amanda Anisimova 6-3 4-6 6-3 to reach the French quarter-finals for the first time.

Trevisan, 28, says she is feeling no pressure as she seeks to improve her Grand Slam record and reach her first ever semi-final.

"Here in Paris there is a magic atmosphere for me. I like so much the court, the bounce is very high but at the same time it's a very fast court," Trevisan said.

"Paris, right now I feel like it's my second home. I am just enjoying the moment. It's two incredible weeks and I keep focus every day on everything I'm doing.

"Keep smiling, that's most important; the first thing."

Fernandez has made the second week of a Grand Slam only once before - during her run to the final at Flushing Meadows in 2021 when she lost to fellow teenager Emma Raducanu.

"Today was a very complicated game and I'm happy I managed to get through," she said in an on-court interview, speaking in French.

"I knew she would fire a lot of winners and that I had to accept that and not get frustrated. I was so eager to get to play here. I'm happy all the hard work we've done, me, my father, paid off."

On a chilly morning on Court Philippe Chatrier, 19-year-old Fernandez put pressure on Anisimova's serve from the outset and racked up a 4-0 lead, mixing deft drop shots with crushing forehands.

The 20-year-old Anisimova, known for her easy power behind her groundstrokes, managed to take two service breaks back to make it 3-5 but could not stop Fernandez from taking the opener.

After a quick bathroom break, Anisimova returned more focused, found more control with her powerful groundstrokes, and advanced to the net more often to break her opponent's delivery twice to win the second set.

Anisimova had two break point opportunities on Fernandez's first service game in the deciding set but the Canadian served an ace and then hit three crushing winners to hold.

Fernandez got the crucial break in the fifth game to nose ahead and broke again in the ninth, converting her second match point when Anisimova netter a return.

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