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Leylah Fernandez outlasts Elina Svitolina to advance to US Open semis

Last Updated Sep 7, 2021 at 4:15 pm MDT

Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, reacts after scoring a point against Elina Svitolina, of Ukraine, during the quarterfinals of the US Open tennis championships, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Canada’s Leylah Annie Fernandez is through to the semifinals of the U.S. Open.

The 19-year-old from Montreal defeated No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 on Tuesday, becoming just the third Canadian woman in the Open Era to reach the semis at the tournament joining Carling Bassett-Seguso (1984) and Bianca Andreescu (2019).

Fernandez’s run at the U.S. Open continues, which includes previous wins against four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka and 2016 U.S. Open winner Angelique Kerber.

She is the first woman to win against two former world No. 1s at the U.S. Open since 1975.

Fernandez will play the winner of 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova and world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka on Thursday.

With her result Tuesday, Fernandez will move into the top 50 of the WTA Rankings for the first time in her career.