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Fernandez stuns Svitolina to reach US Open semi-final

Canadian Teenager Leylah Fernandez produced an exciting performance to beat Elina Svitolina and set up a US Open semi-final with Aryna Sabalenka.

Fernandez, who turned 19 on Monday, showed all of her devastating power to win a tense tie-break 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) in New York. Svitolina, 26, had overturned a 5-2 deficit in the third but could not stop Fernandez’s thrilling, powerful play.

In the other quarterfinal game, Second seed Sabalenka dominated French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova 6-1 6-4.

Fernandez has beaten defending champion Naomi Osaka, 2016 winner Angelique Kerber and now Olympic bronze medallist Svitolina in her run to her first major semi-final.

She has shown remarkable composure in New York, backing up her easy power with a calmness and composure on the court. Fernandez will now face Sabalenka, who is the highest seed remaining in the women’s draw and has dominated her draw.

Fernandez fell to her knees and teared up as soon as the match was won. She was given a lengthy ovation by the fans on Arthur Ashe.

“I honestly have no idea what I’m feeling right now. I was so nervous throughout the whole match. I was honoured to have a fight with Svitolina. I just told myself to go for every point. I’m glad I did, “ she said to reporters at the end of the game.

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