Teen Leylah Fernandez beats Elina Svitolina to succeed in 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 out to be the youngest US Open semifinalist since Maria Sharapova in 2005.
Victory over Svitolina is some 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.
“Today’s match was definitely one of the hardest, not only tennis-wise, but also mentally and emotionally,” Fernandez advised newshounds.
“Svitolina is a great player, great fighter. I was glad I was able to fight in the first set. In the second set, she upped her level, and I unfortunately made a few mistakes on key moments.
“I’m satisfied I used to be in a position to recover for the 3rd set. The tiebreaker, too. Somewhat bit fortunate at five-all, however I’ll take the entire good fortune I will get. I used to be satisfied I used to be in a position to push in the course of the end line.”
Fernandez has become a fan favorite at Flushing Meadows during her run and the supporters inside Arthur Ashe were once again audibly getting behind her.
The youngster showed remarkable poise for someone so inexperienced in what was a tense match, winning the final two points — the first of which was a somewhat fortuitous net cord — in the deciding tie break.
When she got back to the locker room, Fernandez said the first thing she did was call her dad.
“He in truth advised me that I put him thru hell and again with this fit,” she laughed.
“But he is more than happy for me. He’s satisfied that I used to be in a position to struggle for each level, I deserved this win. Just stay running, revel in this win these days, and the next day we will return to paintings.”
Canadian men also making history at Flushing Meadows
However, fellow teen Carlos Alcaraz’s run at america Open used to be ended all of a sudden with the Spaniard compelled to retire injured from his quarterfinal in opposition to Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Alcaraz stated after the fit that it used to be his proper adductor that compelled his early retirement from what had promised to be a thrilling conflict between two of tennis’ perfect emerging abilities.
Auger-Aliassime used to be 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 america Open semifinals.