It seems to be the US Open for young people. Three players under the age of 20 advanced to the second week in New York and one of them is the rising Leylah Fernández, of an Ecuadorian father, who is already in the quarterfinals after his outstanding triumphs against Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber. His progress is trending as high as his hunger for glory and his playing characteristics, which make up a perfect figure for the WTA circuit.
Just one day after her 19th birthday, the Canadian has already secured a place in the Top 50 of the world rankings and in this edition of the US Open she made herself known to the world and globalization. Both against Osaka and against Kerber, who between the two have seven Grand Slam titles, Fernandez He recovered from set and break down to demonstrate his resilience. Now it comes to him Elina Svitolina, looking to continue banging on the table.
Your matches are synonymous with electricity, because it’s what he brings to the game with both his strokes and his attitude. Changes of direction or rhythm, angles, climbs to the net and extraordinary knitted closures are some of his qualities, but in New York he dazzled with his courage and complicity with the spectator; something that usually happens with Latino players, which is no coincidence due to their Ecuadorian descent. In turn, her mother is Canadian, but with Filipino roots. They instilled in both Leylah and his sister Bianca (1040 WTA, 17 years old) a passion for tennis.
Something that surprises about the Montreal-born is her ability to cope with difficult moments; with tactical clarity, as if he were assembling a Rubik cube or solving puzzles in his Boynton Beach, Florida residence. Those hobbies, her favorites along with dancing salsa with her sister, are the ones that help her relax and face her challenges without pressure.
The 2019 junior Roland Garros champion and the 2021 WTA of Monterrey not only stands out and dazzles off the field: he speaks English, Spanish and French perfectly, with the same fluency that he shows on the track. Follower of Kim Cljisters and following in the footsteps of Bianca Andreescu, Leylah Fernández is ready to tell her own story.