"I wanted to put on a show for everybody!" the 18-year-old phenom, Leylah Fernandez said after her feisty straight set win over Naomi Osaka. She grinned with her face wet with perspiration so happy to have been consistent and skilled enough to defeat the WTA's no.
3 player in the world. "So glad to be on the big state finally," she said frankly. The strategies Fernandez had on Osaka at the Ashe Stadium were aggressive and determined as she admitted "..I was able to use my game against her..."
But Angelique Kerber is an iconic nearly veteran to Fernandez and has captured 12 WTA titles and three grand slams. She might not have thought an 18-year-old ranked 73 could destroy her gameplay and capture the third round from her, but it happened.
Fernandez's 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory is proving that on any given day anything can happen. "She has the conviction to believe in herself," Chris Evert, a former multi-slam andtitle winner, now ESPN commentator says about Leylah.
The Canadian has many variations of tactics that have stunned her opponents but now she must stay focused to continue her push to go deep into the Open. Could the bigger better deal be at the next match? Leylah Fernandez is living out her fairytale, but coming down to reality has to be considered.
It might be in the forefront of a match filled with success. "My team told me to come out here...and have fun!" the Canadian teen gave a big smile. After the Kerber match win, Fernandez said on her striving to demonstrate her training back home and focus point by point.
She thanked the crowds who cheered and applauded her but also showed a bit of vulnerability saying "Hope you guys will all be there cheering me on, and we'll see how it goes." Fernandez meets Elina Svitolina next, who's capacity to seal the come back game so dynamic.
She's fresh off of the Chicago's Women's Open victory and has captured 16 WTA titles in her career. Is Leylah Fernandez beginning to wonder if she can keep these magical victories going? Svitolina has taken down Daria Kasatkina and Simona Halep so it will be a fierce battle to see who will win the quarterfinal berth.
Hopefully the crowd will be there to support, but then again hopefully Leylah Fernandez will keep her game smoking to move on to the next opponent no matter how difficult.