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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 grow to be 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.

“Today’s match was undoubtedly one of many hardest, not solely tennis-wise, but additionally mentally and emotionally,” Fernandez informed reporters.

“Svitolina is a superb participant, nice fighter. I used to be glad I used to be in a position to battle within the first set. In the second set, she upped her degree, and I sadly made a number of errors on key moments.

“I’m glad I used to be in a position to recuperate for the third set. The tiebreaker, too. Slightly bit fortunate at five-all, however I’ll take all of the luck I can get. I used to be glad I used to be in a position to push by means of the end line.”

Fernandez has grow to be a fan favourite at Flushing Meadows throughout her run and the supporters inside Arthur Ashe had been as soon as once more audibly getting behind her.

Leylah Fernandez celebrates reaching the US Open semifinals.

The teen confirmed outstanding poise for somebody so inexperienced in what was a tense match, profitable the ultimate two factors — the primary of which was a considerably fortuitous internet wire — within the deciding tie break.

When she obtained again to the locker room, Fernandez mentioned the very first thing she did was name her dad.

“He actually informed me that I put him by means of hell and again with this match,” she laughed.

“But he is very completely satisfied for me. He’s glad that I used to be in a position to battle for each level, I deserved this win. Just maintain working, take pleasure in this win right this moment, and tomorrow we’ll return to work.”

Canadian males additionally making historical past at Flushing Meadows

Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada and Carlos Alcaraz of Spain meet at the net.

However, fellow teenager Carlos Alcaraz’s run on the US Open was ended abruptly with the Spaniard compelled to retire injured from his quarterfinal towards Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Alcaraz mentioned after the match that it was his proper adductor that compelled his early retirement from what had promised to be an thrilling conflict between two of tennis’ finest 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 reach a grand slam semifinal.

At simply 21 years of age, he additionally turns into the primary Canadian males’s participant in historical past to reach the US Open semifinals.

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