(Madrid) Quebecer Leylah Annie Fernandez and her American partner Taylor Townsend reached the semi-finals of the Madrid Open beating Taiwanese Su-Wei Hsieh and Czech Barbora Srtycova 6-0, 7-6 (3 ).

Townsend and the Lavalloise had three breaks in six occasions and won 63.2% of service return rallies in a dominant first set.

The North American pair overcame a service woe in the second set, in which they double-faulted five times and were only accurate on half of their first serves, before winning on a break. equality.

Fernandez is looking for her first doubles title. She started the tournament ranked 38th in the WTA doubles rankings, her career high.

She and Townsend suffered the loss in the Miami Open final last month. Fernandez and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands lost in the final of the ASB Classic in New Zealand to start the season.

In the semi-finals, Townsend and Fernandez will face Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia and Belarusian Victoria Azarenka on Friday.

In the other semi-final, Americans Jessica Pegula and CoCo Gauff will face Romanian Elena-Gabriela Ruse and Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk.