Leylah Fernandez / Image: imago images / UPI Photo
19-year-old Leylah Fernandez and 21-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime put Canada's tennis fans into ecstasy at the US Open on Tuesday (local time). Auger-Aliassime benefited in the quarter-finals from the injury-related surrender of his Spanish opponent Carlos Alcaraz, his compatriot convinced against Jelina Switolina from Ukraine with spectacular power tennis. “I would say it's the maple syrup,” joked Fernandez about the secret of success.
6: 3,3: 6,7: 6 (5) Fernandez beat the number five seeded Switolina and didn't let the next surprise follow until three days after her birthday. After her victories against Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber and now Switolina, the left-hander is suddenly the new star in the women's table, although she was only known to insiders before the US Open. “I just tried to keep believing in myself,” said the Canadian, the youngest semi-finalist at the US Open since Russian Maria Sharapova 16 years ago.
In the fight for the final, Fernandez is now up against fellow favorite Aryna Sabalenka. The 23-year-old from Belarus clearly defeated French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova from the Czech Republic 6: 1.6: 4. Fernandez also wants to go back to the field in the semifinals. Two years ago, Bianca Andreescu was won by a Canadian in New York.
The fairy tale of Alcaraz ends
Inspired by the strong performance of his compatriot, Auger-Aliassime also made it into the semifinals for the first time at one of the four Grand Slam tournaments a few hours later – but far less glamorous. The 18-year-old Alcaraz, who had previously eliminated Stefanos Tsitsipas, from his point of view, had to pass due to leg complaints at the score of 3: 6.1: 3.
“I never thought that such a day would come,” said Auger-Aliassime, the first Canadian man in a semifinals in New York ever. “A little girl and a little boy, both from Montreal, both at the same time in the semifinals of the US Open – unbelievable,” said the Canadian, who is now up against number two seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev. Medvedev had hardly any problems with the Dutch qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp at 6: 3.6: 0.4: 6.7: 5.
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