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.