"While other players are playing matches, I haven't been" - Fernandez after early loss in Toronto

Leylah Fernandez crashed out of the National Bank Open (Rogers Cup) on Wednesday, losing 7-6(4) 6-1 to Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round.

This was Fernandez's second match on tour since her French Open quarterfinal defeat to Martina Trevisan. The Canadian was forced to sit on the sidelines for several months after suffering a foot injury and only made her comeback against Storm Sanders in the first round of the Canadian Open.

In her press conference after her defeat to Haddad Maia, Fernandez was asked if her foot injury or the lengthy recovery period affected her game and rhythm during the week.

The 19-year-old from Montreal responded in the affirmative, pointing out that her injury robbed her of valuable match practice coming into the Canadian Open, which ultimately set her back.

"I would say yes because I didn't get any matches. That's the biggest difference," said Fernandez. "While other players are playing matches, I haven't been. Nor practicing at the level that I want nor playing any matches. So I think that that set me back a little bit."

That said, the teenager asserted that she knew what to do to get back to her best and added that she would hit the training courts without wasting more time.

"But now I know what I need to do. Now I know what we're going to train to get back at the highest level as quickly as possible," added the US Open runner-up. "So I guess tomorrow we're just going to get back to training."

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