The big surprise of the current women's edition of the Us Open is certainly Leylah Fernadez, born in 2002 and current number 73 of the WTA world ranking. The nineteen year old from Montreal, who never made it through the third round in Grand Slam tournaments, beat Ana Konjuh, Kaia Kanepi, Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber and Elina Svitolina to earn her first Slam semifinal, where she will now face Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.
Interviewed after the match, according to what was reported by Punto de Break, the young Canadian promised said: "It was one of the most difficult games I have played, not only in terms of tennis but also mentally. Svitolina is one of the best players on the Tour and a great fighter.
I was very happy to fight with her in the first set and be able to win it. Then in the second you raised the level a bit and unfortunately I made mistakes in the key moments.
Leylah Fernandez: "This is how I manage the pressure"
In the third I recovered and played a good tie-break.
I was a bit lucky in certain stages, but I'm happy to be in the semifinals and to have taken another step in this Us Open." Fernandez also commented on the pressure of playing on the biggest stages in our sport: "I don't know.
It's something I was preparing for from a very young age, competing on the most important courses in the world in front of my parents. I hated to present the arguments in class, but when it came time to organize a play, dance and sing I had a lot of fun because I liked doing it in front of all the people.
There are people who are ashamed in this type of situation and who are not at all at ease. For me it is the opposite." On his incredible streak at Flushing Meadows, Leylah concluded: "The first few days were very complicated.
As I said earlier, I was really lucky to have a great team around me. Now I'm getting used to it a bit. My team helps me to keep my balance and to think only about the next match."