Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez continued her US Open dream run on Tuesday (September 7) by storming into her first Grand Slam semi-final with a battling 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5) win over Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina. It was yet one more upset win for Fernandez however hardly a shock contemplating she had already knocked out four-time main champion Naomi Osaka within the third spherical and three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber within the fourth.
If there was any lingering fear that the fearless Canadian would buckle beneath the mounting strain, Fernandez eliminated it by prevailing in a nerve-jangling third set tiebreak 7-5 to clinch a spot within the final 4.
Rated the most effective gamers but to win a significant, Svitolina may need fancied her probabilities of returning to the US Open semi-finals towards a 73rd ranked teen. However Fernandez, who celebrated her nineteenth birthday on Monday, has proven that she is not any extraordinary teenager after registering a string of upsets which have made her a Flushing Meadows darling.
Fernandez may very well be joined within the final 4 by compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime, who takes on 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in a while Tuesday. “I might say it’s the maple syrup,” stated Fernandez when requested what they had been feeding them up north to make the Canadians carry out so properly on the US Open.
The assured Canadian has performed to the raucous crowd, utilizing their power to assist gas a cost into the final eight and the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd was as soon as once more in her nook on Tuesday. In a US Open hit by quite a lot of big-name withdrawals, younger skills corresponding to Fernandez and 18-year-old Briton Emma Raducanu have stepped as much as seize the highlight within the absence of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams.
Raducanu will get her likelihood to observe Fernandez into the semi-finals on Wednesday when she takes on Olympic champion Belinda Bencic, However till then it’s the charismatic Canadian stealing all the eye along with her brash, gutsy play.
“In case you haven’t seen essentially the most thrilling participant on the US Open, 19-year previous Leylah Fernandez, you’re really lacking out!! She… is on fireplace. She’s fascinating the world!” tweeted NBA nice Magic Johnson.
Svitolina got here into the competition driving a nine-match successful streak and she or he had not dropped a set en path to the quarter-finals – Fernandez ended each. The Canadian lefthander had Svitolina off-balance from the beginning, denying the 26-year-old a single break alternative as she bagged the opening set.
Taking part in with extra aggression, Svitolina would get her possibilities within the second set as she broke Fernandez twice to construct a 5-1 benefit. However the Ukrainian was nonetheless made to work for the set, Fernandez breaking again and threatening a second break earlier than Svitolina would shut out with an ace to degree the match.
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Fernandez, nevertheless, remained unfazed, getting a break within the third to go in entrance 4-2 earlier than windmilling her arms to induce the group to answer her effort which they did with a mighty roar.
Down 5-3 and with Fernandez serving for the match, Svitolina confirmed some preventing spirit of her personal to interrupt the Canadian after which held serve to get again on degree phrases. With the competition stretched right into a deciding tiebreak, Svitolina may need been higher geared up to deal with the unbelievable strain however once more it was Fernandez who was rock stable as she pulled off one other upset victory.
(with Reuters inputs)