Leylah Fernández lives the week of his life. The 19-year-old Canadian defeated Elina Svitolina (5th in the WTA ranking) in three sets and became the youngest US Open semifinalist since Maria Sharapova in 2005. In addition, she is the first player who beats two Top 5s in the same Major since Serena Williams in 1999, also at Flushing Meadows.
The thing about the one born in Montreal, 19 years and one day old, is already historic. In 2005, Sharapova was 18 years and four months old when she entered the top four in North American cement. His participation ended in that round, against Kim Clijsters.
On the other hand, with his victories against Naomi Osaka (in second wheel) and the recent one against Svitolina, Fernández is the first tennis player to undo two Top 5 in the same Grand Slam since Williams at the 1999 US Open to do the same against Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis. In the end, the youngest of the sisters would be the champion.
In turn, there are now three Canadians who reached the semifinals of the last Major it’s from the season: Carling Bassett-Seguso in 1984 (semifinals), Bianca Andreescu in 2019 (champion) and Fernández in 2021 ; What will your roof be in the Big Apple?