Leylah Fernandez wins against second seed Aryna Sabalenka, to play for 1st-ever Grand Slam Title

Unseeded Canada’s Leylah Fernandez defeated Aryna Sabalenka in women’s singles semi-finals at the 2021 US Open

The 1st Women’s Singles Semi-final of the 2021 US Open was played on Thursday night. The encounter was played between Canada’s Leylah Fernandez and Belarus’s Aryna Sabalenka.

The match which lasted for about 2 hours and 21 minutes, witnessed teenager Leylah Fernandez advancing into her first-ever Grand Slam Final. As the 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez defeated the No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka with a scoreline of 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-4 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

However, the Canadian, Leylah Fernandez ranked 73rd in the world had created huge upsets early on the tournament by defeating the two-time US Open Champion (2018 & 2020) Japan’s Naomi Osaka in the 3rd Round in three sets.

Not only that, but Fernandez went on to defeat top-ranked players back-to-back; Germany’s Angelique Kerber, the 2016 Champion in the Round of 16, and 5th seed Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in the Quarter-finals.

As a result, with today’s win Leylah has beaten 3 of the Top 5 players en route to the 2021 US Open Final.

Meanwhile, this was the 23-year-old Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka second consecutive Grand Slam semi-final, having earlier reached the 2021 Wimbledon Semi-final in July.

Whereas for the Canadian teenager, she made her US Open debut last year i.e., in 2020 where she managed to made it to Round 2.

Watch the Highlights – of the 2021 US Open Semi-final – Leylah Fernandez vs Aryna Sabalenka.

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