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US Open 2021: Leylah Fernandez stuns World No. 5 Elina Svitolina to reach semifinals


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 underneath 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 among the best gamers but to win a significant, Svitolina might need fancied her probabilities of returning to the US Open semi-finals in opposition to a 73rd ranked teen. But Fernandez, who celebrated her nineteenth birthday on Monday, has proven that she is not any atypical teenager after registering a string of upsets which have made her a Flushing Meadows darling.

Fernandez might be joined within the final 4 by compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime, who takes on 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz afterward Tuesday. “I would 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 vitality to assist gasoline 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 a lot of big-name withdrawals, younger skills akin to Fernandez and 18-year-old Briton Emma Raducanu have stepped up to seize the highlight within the absence of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams.

Raducanu will get her probability to comply with Fernandez into the semi-finals on Wednesday when she takes on Olympic champion Belinda Bencic, But till then it’s the charismatic Canadian stealing all the eye along with her brash, gutsy play.

“If you haven’t seen the most exciting player at the US Open, 19-year old Leylah Fernandez, you’re truly missing out!! She… is on fire. She’s captivating the world!” tweeted NBA nice Magic Johnson.

Svitolina got here into the competition using a nine-match profitable streak and he or she had not dropped a set en route 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.

Playing with extra aggression, Svitolina would get her probabilities within the second set as she broke Fernandez twice to construct a 5-1 benefit. But 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.

Fernandez, however, remained unfazed, getting a break within the third to go in entrance 4-2 earlier than windmilling her arms to urge the gang to reply to 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 break the Canadian after which held serve to get again on degree phrases. With the competition stretched right into a deciding tiebreak, Svitolina might need been higher outfitted to deal with the unimaginable strain however once more it was Fernandez who was rock strong as she pulled off one other upset victory.

(with Reuters inputs)

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