2021 US Open: 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez continues historic run; will meet Emma Radacunu, 18, in the final

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Canadian Leylah Fernandez, 19, will bring her historical United States Open face the last. World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka was Fernandez’s most current victim, as the teen beat her in 3 sets (7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4) in Thursday’s semifinal to reach her very first Grand Slam last. 

After starting the competition unseeded, the 73rd-ranked Fernandez stunned the world by beating 2 top-five seeds in protecting champ Naomi Osaka and Elina Svitolina, in addition to a previous Grand Slam champ in Angelique Kerber. Fernandez was the youngest female to remove 2 top-five seeds given that a then 17-year-old Serena Williams performed in 1999. 

Fernandez’s win over Belarus’ Sabalenka offered her an unbelievable 3rd win over a top-five seed. The win was huge for Fernandez and her nation, as the only other Canadian female to reach the United States Open songs last was Bianca Andreescu in 2019. 

Fernandez will play 18-year-old Emma Radacunu of Britain, who disturb No. 17 Maria Sakkari of Greece, in Saturday’s last. Raducanu, who has actually been almost as outstanding as Fernandez, has actually currently topped 4 top-50 challengers in Flushing Meadows. 

After her semifinal success, Fernandez credited the New York crowd for assisting her win. 

“They’ve cheered for me, and they never gave up,” Fernandez stated. “They never gave up for me. They fought for me. And thanks to you, I was able to win.”

Sabalenka, the WTA’s leader in wins this year, entered into the match as a considerable favorite. She was looking for her very first Grand Slam last, however Fernandez had other strategies. 

“I don’t know how I did that,” Fernandez stated when asked to explain how she won. 

The United States Open ladies’s songs last is slated for Saturday at 4 p.m. 

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