The youngest US Open semifinalist since Maria Sharapova stormed to victory then put her success down to maple syrup
- Canadian Leylah Fernandez is now the youngest US Open semi-finalist since Maria Sharapova in 2005.
- The 19-year-old put her form at Flushing Meadows down to "maple syrup."
- Her new record could be beaten by British teen Emma Raducanu after only one day, however.
Teenager Leylah Fernandez produced another stunning performance at the US Open to beat world number five Elina Svitolina and reach the tournament's semifinals.
The Canadian, who turned 19 on Monday, is now the youngest semi-finalist at Flushing Meadows since 18-year-old Maria Sharapova reached the semis in 2005.
Against Svitolina on Tuesday, Fernandez emerged as the victor in a tie-break to win 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).
Svitolina had overturned a 5-2 deficit in the third set, but could not stop Fernandez booking her place in the last four, where she will face Aryna Sabalenka on Friday.
"I honestly have no idea what I'm feeling right now," Fernandez said after her victory. "Throughout the whole match I was so nervous.
"Thanks to the New York crowd, cheering me on, fighting for me and never giving up, I was able to push through today.
"I was honored to have a fight with Svitolina. I just told myself to go for every point. I'm glad I did."
When asked what she was being fed in Canada to make her so good, Fernandez said, tongue in cheek: "I would say it's the maple syrup."
-US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2021
Fernandez's new record in New York may only last one day, however.
British teen Emma Raducanu, 18, faces Belinda Bencic in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, where victory will see her surpass Fernandez as the US Open's youngest semifinalist.
Going into her match against Bencic, Raducanu has yet to drop a single set in four main-draw and three qualifying matches.
"Bencic has a lot of experience on the tour. She's in great form, having won Olympic gold," Raducanu said ahead of the tie.
"I'm also feeling good about my game, also confident with the amount of matches I've played. I feel like I'm building with each one.
"It will be an extremely difficult match. I know if I'm going to have a chance, I'm going to have to play some really good tennis."
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