Two days after beating Naomi Osaka, the young Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez defeated another former world number one, Angelique Kerber, on Sunday and advanced to the quarterfinals of the US Open.
Fernandez, 18, rallied from a set against to defeat the German Kerber 4-6, 7-6 (7/5) and 6-2 in two hours and 14 minutes causing jubilation from the stands of the Louis court Armstrong of New York.
The Canadian left-hander starred in another spectacular display of her audacious tennis like last Friday against Osaka, the reigning US Open champion, whom she also rallied a set against.
After the game against Osaka “I was very happy. I was lucky to have a doubles match yesterday that brought me down from the clouds,” explained a beaming Fernandez at the end of the match.
The Canadian, with an Ecuadorian father and a mother of Filipino origins, was slow to get into the game, yielding the first set to Kerber, 33, and champion of the US Open in 2016.
At that moment “I looked at my team and said: ‘I’m fine, I’m ready to fight,” explained Fernandez.
The young woman, who will turn 19 on Monday, took the second heat in the tiebreaker and took advantage of her greater physical resistance to seal the victory in the third.
Fernandez will face Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, a bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, who defeated Romanian Simona Halep in straight sets.
The clash against Svitolina will be “very tough. She is a good player, a fighter, offensive, aggressive. I will go out on the court to try to continue doing what I do,” said Fernandez.
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