Breanna Stewart’s signature Puma shoe line with made a surprise appearance at the 2023 US Open.

Leylah Fernandez, a former US Open singles finalist, made a run to the quarterfinals in the doubles bracket with partner Taylor Townsend. During the run, she played in Stewart’s Stewie 2 sneakers.

The 21-year-old Canadian previously wore Asics in 2021, then switched to Swiss athletic shoe company On’s Roger Federer sneakers in 2022. She became the first player other than Federer, who is an investor in the brand, to wear the shoes on the court.

During the 2023 US Open, Fernandez made the switch to Puma’s Stewie 2, a basketball shoe. Stewart responded to Fernandez’s choice Thursday, writing on social media: “Be like water,” a reference to the blue-patterned “Water” colorway sported by the tennis star.

Stewart and the New York Liberty are gearing up for the start of their WNBA playoff run. The second-seeded Liberty are facing the seventh-seeded Washington Mystics in the first round, with the first game set for 7:30 p.m. ET Friday.

World No. 7 Paula Badosa and US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez will meet in the round of 16 at Indian Wells after each won their fourth round matches on Monday.

It will be the sixth meeting between the two opponents, with Badosa holding a 3-2 lead over the world No. 32.

Badosa continued her title defense at Indian Wells, taking down Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-6(4), 6-1 in an 82-minute win. She is seeking to become the first woman to defend the title at the BNP Paribas Open in more than 30 years. Martina Navratilova was the last to do so, winning titles in 1990 and 1991.

The first set featured six consecutive breaks of serve before Badosa snapped it to hold to 4-3. Sorribes Tormo responded, saving five break points during four of the five remaining games in the opening set. Badosa then sealed the set with a heavy forehand blast that went uncontrolled by Sorribes Tormo.

“I think today she played very, very good in the first set. She was a very tough opponent,” Badosa said after the match. “I was expecting that. She’s a fighter. Last year was amazing for her. The bad part is that we know each other very well. Before I was hitting she already was in the spot.”

Fernandez will face Badosa after avenging a loss from last October at Indian Wells and defeating Shelby Rogers in three sets, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

The No. 18 seed dominated on her service games, facing no break points in the first set and winning 87.5 percent of her first-serve points. Rogers claimed the second set after taking a 3-0 lead. She was unable to stop Fernandez, who took a 3-0 lead in the final set and never looked back.

“Leylah, I mean, she’s coming from winning a tournament. She’s with lots of confidence. She’s an amazing player,” Badosa said of Fernandez. “I was going to say she’s the future because she is very young, but I think she is in the present already. I expect a very tough match.”

Leylah Fernandez outlasted Camila Osorio at the Abierto GNP Seguros tournament on Sunday, taking the three-set thriller 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(3) to defend her title. The second-seed saved five championship points during the 2 hour and 52 minute match.

Fernandez got off to a hot start, taking a 4-1 lead and serving for the first set at 5-3, before Osorio fought back to take the first set. In the second set, Fernandez again took a 4-1 lead before Osorio made it 5-4.

Osorio took a 4-1 lead in the third set before Fernandez fought back, rallying to erase five different championship points and take the win.

“Today it was a very, very tough match, not only physically or tennis-wise, but mentally,” Fernandez said. “Camila, she’s a tough player to play against. She’s very crafty, she does slices, high balls, it’s very unpredictable.

“I’m very, very happy to have gone through these hard moments, and have fought, found solutions. And Camila, I hope we have many, many more finals like this, because without her, I don’t think this tournament, this final, would be [as] special.”

It was the first professional meeting between 19-year-old Fernandez and 20-year-old Osorio. The two met three times in junior Grand Slam events, with Fernandez holding the edge 2-1.

World No. 21 Fernandez is now 12-1 in Monterrey, having won her past 10 matches there.

She is now 2-2 in tour-level finals, with both titles coming at the Abierto GNP Seguros tournament. A third final was a loss in Mexico in 2020 and the fourth her runner-up showing at the 2021 US Open.

Osorio, who was ranked No. 44 in the world prior to the tournament, is expected to land inside the Top 40 for a new career-high ranking.

The first round of the Australian Open continued on Tuesday, with more of the tournament’s top seeds getting sent home.

US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez saw her run end early as Australian wildcard Maddison Inglis dominated the match 6-4, 6-2. It was Inglis’ first-ever match win at a Grand Slam.

“I had thought of that moment for a long time,” Inglis said after the match. “It was just pure happiness. I was so happy. I saw the ball go out and I looked at my box.

“It was an amazing moment. I’m really so happy I could have it here in Melbourne with all my friends and family there.”

The world No. 133 will face off against Hailey Baptiste in the second round.

Former world No. 15 Kaia Kanepi dominated her match, taking out 16th seed and 2016 champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-3. It’s the ninth time Kanepi has beaten a seed in the first round of a major and her 14th defeat of a seed across the first two rounds.

Also out early at Melbourne Park is 2019 finalist and 20th seed Petra Kvitova after falling to Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-2.

So far this tournament, a plethora of top seeds have fallen out in the first round, including Coco Gauff and Sofia Kenin. Ons Jabeur had to withdraw from her match due to injury.

But former world No. 1 Simona Halep faced little problems, taking down Magdalena French 6-4, 6-3. She’ll take on Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round.

World no. 2 Aryna Sabalenka may have struggled in the lead up to the Australian Open but found her footing on Tuesday. Falling down a set and a break, Sabalenka fought back to survive Storm Sanders 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 and reach the second round of the tournament.

It wasn’t all perfect, as Sabalenka racked up 37 unforced errors. Following the match, she looked visibly relieved.


She’ll face another test in the second round against world No. 100 Wang Xinyu, who took down Ann Li 7-6(5), 6-3 in the first round.