Leylah Fernandez beats Elina Svitolina to reach US Open semifinals
The 19-year-old, who celebrated her birthday on Monday, beat the fifth-seeded Ukrainian 6-3 3-6 7-6 to turn into the youngest US Open semifinalist since Maria Sharapova in 2005.
Victory over Svitolina is one other feather within the cap for Fernandez on this unbelievable run, with the Canadian already dispatching reigning champion Naomi Osaka and 2016 winner Angelique Kerber.
“At this time’s match was positively one of many hardest, not solely tennis-wise, but additionally mentally and emotionally,” Fernandez instructed reporters.
“Svitolina is a superb participant, nice fighter. I used to be glad I used to be capable of combat within the first set. Within the second set, she upped her stage, and I sadly made a number of errors on key moments.
“I am glad I used to be capable of recuperate for the third set. The tiebreaker, too. Slightly bit fortunate at five-all, however I am going to take all of the luck I can get. I used to be glad I used to be capable of push by means of the end line.”
Fernandez has turn into a fan favourite at Flushing Meadows throughout her run and the supporters inside Arthur Ashe have been as soon as once more audibly getting behind her.
The teen confirmed exceptional poise for somebody so inexperienced in what was a tense match, successful the ultimate two factors — the primary of which was a considerably fortuitous web twine — within the deciding tie break.
When she acquired again to the locker room, Fernandez stated the very first thing she did was name her dad.
“He actually instructed me that I put him by means of hell and again with this match,” she laughed.
“However he is very glad for me. He is glad that I used to be capable of combat for each level, I deserved this win. Simply maintain working, get pleasure from this win at this time, and tomorrow we’ll return to work.”
Canadian males additionally making historical past at Flushing Meadows
Nevertheless, fellow teenager Carlos Alcaraz’s run on the US Open was ended abruptly with the Spaniard pressured to retire injured from his quarterfinal towards Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Alcaraz stated after the match that it was his proper adductor that pressured his early retirement from what had promised to be an thrilling conflict between two of tennis’ greatest rising skills.
Auger-Aliassime was main 6-3 3-1 when Alcaraz withdrew and turns into the primary males’s participant born within the 2000s to succeed in a grand slam semifinal.
At simply 21 years of age, he additionally turns into the primary Canadian males’s participant in historical past to succeed in the US Open semifinals.