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US Open 2021: Canadian teen Leylah Fernandez pulls off another upset, storms into final

US Open 2021: Canadian teen Leylah Fernandez pulls off one other upset, storms into remaining | Tennis Information

Leylah Fernandez’s storybook US Open continued with one more upset on Thursday (September 9) because the Canadian teenager shocked second seed Aryna Sabalenka 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4 to achieve her first Grand Slam remaining. Rankings-wise, the second seeded Belarusian represented the hardest problem but for the 19-year-old lefhander however with a string of seeded victims behind her Fernandez had already proven she couldn’t be intimidated.
The 73rd ranked Canadian has acknowledged she might beat anybody and backed up the bravado with victories over four-time Grand Slam winner and defending champion Naomi Osaka within the third spherical, three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber within the fourth and fifth seed Elina Svitolina within the quarter-finals.
Welcome to the large stage, @leylahfernandez pic.twitter.com/GQOh7sZZih
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 10, 2021
Sabalenka, one of many sport’s huge servers, threw all the things she had at Fernandez, together with 10 aces, however had no higher luck towards the teen, who performed with veteran poise all through the three-set thriller.
Fernandez now awaits the winner of the match between 18-year-old Briton Emma Raducanu and seventeenth seeded Greek Maria Sakkari. If Raducanu can comply with Fernandez into Saturday’s remaining it could mark the eighth Grand Slam remaining within the Open period to characteristic two youngsters and the primary because the 1999 US Open between Serena Williams and Martina Hingis.
“I don’t know,” mentioned Fernandez when requested how she pulled off one other upset. “I simply wished to be within the finals, I actually wished it … I don’t know the way I received that final level in.”
Sabalenka, bidding for her first Grand Slam remaining, got here out all weapons blazing, blasting away from baseline and racing to 3-0 lead in simply eight minutes. However simply because it regarded as if Fernandez could be blown off the courtroom she steadied herself and reproduced the form of fearless shot-making that has made her the darling of Flushing Meadows.
The Canadian broke again at 4-3 and went on to dominate the tiebreak 7-3. A fired up Sabalenka broke Fernandez to open the second set however the Canadian broke again to stage at 2-2, driving a clenched fist into the air that has grow to be her trademark salute.
The Belarusian earned a decisive break to nostril in entrance 5-4 and confidently held serve to ship the match to a decider. However in a tense third set it was Sabalenka who cracked.
Serving at 5-4 to remain in match she double faulted twice then despatched a return lengthy to present victory to Fernandez, who dropped to the courtroom and lined her face as the gang roared.
(with Reuters inputs)

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