Without a doubt, the year 2021 will be recognised as the year of the youth. The American audience was on their feet tonight thanks to another amazing performance by Canadian international Leylah Fernandez.
Leylah, 19, is a young, agile, and full-of-love and life 19-year-old who sailed into the US Open semi-finals.
Leylah has seized the spotlight at the Flushing Meadows, paving the way to triumph one historic win at a time. She put on another unbelievable display after battling past former champions and knocked them out in overwhelming wins. Notably, she took on Ukrainian powerhouse Elina Svitolina and left no stone untouched.
Leylah was a force to be reckoned with, dominating the game and making history in the process. Even though she put on a mind-blowing performance, it was her post-match comments that sent shivers down the spine of a sold-out stadium.
Leylah highlighted the great words of inspiration that came from her father. These words most likely came to her rescue when she needed it the most, proving doubters wrong and giving supporters something to cheer for.
She said, “My dad told so many things. But today he told me that ‘go out there, have fun, fight for every ball, fight for every point. Today is your first quarter-final, don’t make it your last, don’t make it your last match over here. Fight for your dream.”
“Fight for your dream.”— espnW (@espnW) September 7, 2021
—19-year-old Leylah Fernandez on what her father and coach told her before the biggest match of her career
She defeated No. 5 ranked Elina Svitolina to advance to the #USOpen semifinals. pic.twitter.com/6DzPSAxAxQ
Despite dropping a set, Leylah battled back to win the match in an exciting tie-break. With her victory, she advanced to the semi-finals with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-7.