Leylah Fernandez ended the win streak of fifth seed Elina Svitolina on Tuesday with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5) upset win into the semi-finals of the US Open.
The 73rd-ranked Canadian who turned 19 a day before the match, served for the win leading 5-4 in the third set but was broken by her more experienced Ukrainian opponent, with the contest eventually heading into a tiebreaker.
Fernandez won the decider on her first match point after just under two and a half hours.
She added Svitolina to a victim’s list at this edition which also includes former champions Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber.
“Thanks to the New York crowd, fighting for me and never giving up on me,’’ Fernandez said post-match.
“Thanks to you, I was able to push through.’’
The winner is the youngest women’s Open semi-finalist since Maria Sharapova in 2005. She is the youngest to beat a pair of Top 5 players (Osaka, Svitolina) since Serena Williams at age 17 in 1999 in New York.
Fernandez hit 42 winners but only one ace against eight for Svitolina, who had won her last nine matches including a pre-Open title in Chicago.
The Canadian now faces the winner from French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova and second seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.
Main photo:- Leylah Fernadez celebrates victory by Darren Carroll/USTA