Riding The Layla Train: Unseeded Fernandez advances to U.S. Open Final

By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter

NEW YORK — In the most improbable run in history to a US Open final,19-year-old Leylah Fernandez has scored yet another upset, this time over no. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.     

Sabalenka opened up the match with a 3-0 lead on strong serving and a power game. But the teenager from Canada did not fold and worked her way into the match, one point at a time.

She was able to make the Belarusian run with her precision like strokes.     

Sabalenka seemed irritated throughout by the strong crowd support for her foe.     

In the post-match interview she told announcer Pam Shriver that she won, “thanks to the New York crowd.”     

The 23-year-old Sabalenka has been close in her career, making it to the semis at Wimbledon this year. She has won 2 Grand Slam doubles crowns.     

She will play the winner of the Emma Raducanu/Maria Sakkari match on Saturday afternoon.

Raducanu is also a teen and had to earn her way into the draw through the qualifying, played the week before the Open.

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