Leylah Fernandez continued her dream run at US Open 2021, as she defeated the three-time Grandslam champion, Angelique Kerber in three sets in the fourth round. The Canadian dropped the first set, but won the second set in the tiebreaker. In the third set, she completely outplayed her German opponent to seal a spot in the last eight.
Leylah Fernandez is among a few youngsters who have been in exceptional form at Flushing Meadows. Carlos Alcaraz also created history by becoming the youngest player to reach the quarterfinals of US Open 2021. Fernandez was delighted to see youngsters, including herself make it big on the Grandslam stages.
“Seeing all these teenagers, the youngsters doing so great at the U.S. Open and the other tournaments, too, is also eye-opening I think to the world, to the tennis world, because there is not only like one group of tennis players but there is a new wave of young generations that’s coming up and just trying to make an impact in the tennis game as much as they can,” said Fernandez.
I was just glad I was having fun on the court: Leylah Fernandez
Leylah Fernandez was trailing 4-3 in the second set, being a set and a break down. However, she felt that a break was always around the corner, and that eventually came in the very next game.
“At 3-4, I don’t know if it was just a mindset or it was a feeling, but I just felt like that was the moment that I was going to break her serve and I was able to figure it out,” Fernandez said. “I was just glad I was having fun on the court. I was trusting my game at 100%,” she added.
Leylah Fernandez accepted the fact that she was exhausted in the final set, but believed that her 33-year-old opponent would be even more tired. “I was telling myself, like, If I’m tired, she must be exhausted. Just try to put one more ball back in as much as possible,” Fernandez said.
Leylah Fernandez now faces the fifth seed, Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals of US Open 2021. The Ukrainian has produced some of her best tennis so far, as she is yet to drop a set at Flushing Meadows.