Leylah Fernandez falls short in 2023 Jiangxi Open back-to-back title bid after revenge defeat to Katerina Siniakova in Nanchang

The final has been set at the Jiangxi Open and the winning run of Leylah Fernandez has come to an end in Nanchang at the hands of Katerina Siniakova.

Fernandez came from a set down to defeat Siniakova last week to win the Hong Kong Open and heavily praised the Czech ace post match, but it won't be nine wins in a row and two titles on the spin for the Canadian.

She had not won a title since 2022 Monterrey Open and two nearly came about in as many weeks, but Siniakova going into the tie always had the advantage of not playing twice yesterday. Laura Siegemund withdrew due to injury and so she surged through.

While Fernandez had to play twice and it showed with a straight sets loss. It was a 7-5, 6-4 defeat in just over two hours as the current World No.60 had to survive a mini comeback in the first after going 4-1 up and it became 4-4 in quick succession but retook momentum and surged to the set.

The second was also a topsy turvy affair and Fernandez at one point looked like she did in Hong Kong to level the match up at 3-1 up. But after losing her serve at 3-2, this spelled game over nearly.

Siniakova broke again at 4-3 and twice on the breaks consolidated serve with only one break chance for the rest of the match going to Fernandez and she swept through her final service game to book a final spot.

There she will face a certain Marie Bouzkova in a Czech derby. She saw off Diana Shnaider early today in the other semi-final and in a week which will see two Czech players involved at the WTA Finals in Karolina Muchova and Marketa Vondrousova, two more are flying the flag.

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