Alex Corretja breaks down how Leylah Fernandez hurt Aryna Sabalenka's game



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Alex Corretja breaks down how Leylah Fernandez hurt Aryna Sabalenka's game

Former world No. 2 Alex Corretja has described Leylah Fernandez's US Open run as "unreal." Fernandez, who turned 19 this week, made the US Open final after beating No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 (3) 4-6 6-4. Fernandez's run also to the US Open final also included wins over Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber and Elina Svitolina.

"It is a love story,” Eurosport expert Corretja said, per Tennishead. “They enjoy the player, the player enjoys the crowd. It has been unreal and super-special to see. She is dealing with the pressure easily”.

Corretja was impressed with the way Fernandez performed against Sabalenka. "It is a huge win,” Corretja said. “It is difficult to go out there and play against Sabalenka as she is very aggressive and pushes you, but Leylah dealt with it very well.

She was smart and quick, changing directions all the time and it hurt Sabalenka’s game a lot”.

Fernandez showed no signs of inexperience

"I am very surprised as you normally need time,” Corretja added.

“You need the experience to be there. But all of a sudden she is in the final, is dealing with the emotions and enjoying herself”. Fernandez was glad she clinched the win but insisted that Sabalenka didn't play bad and give her the win.

"It was definitely a very good match from both of us. She started incredibly well in the beginning, but I'm just glad I was able to stay patient, fight for every point," Fernandez said after beating Sabalenka.

"I was glad in the tiebreaker I was able to be offensive but not overly playing and go for my shots. The second set I had my chances, but I did a few mistakes. She jumped on the opportunity to get the set. "In the third, it was just a good battle. We went till the end. I was glad I was able to put that one more ball back in."