Canadian Leylah Fernandez says she will “take all the luck I can get” after she stunned Elina Svitolina to reach the US Open Women’s semi-finals, while compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime also secured his place in the last-four stage in the men’s draw.
This year’s US Open has been all about the young guns and Fernandez, who turned 19 on Monday, produced another stunning performance to knock fifth-seed Svitolina out in three sets, winning 6-3 3-6 7-6.
It was a gutsy display from the unseeded Canadian, who had never previously gone past the third round at any Grand Slam, and she will now take on second-seed Aryna Sabalenka for a place in the final (Fernandez 3/1, Sabalenka 2/9 – Match Result).
Speaking in her post-match presser, Fernandez said: “Today’s match was definitely one of the hardest, not only tennis-wise but also mentally and emotionally. Svitolina is a great player, great fighter.
“I’m glad I was able to recuperate for the third set. The tiebreaker, too. A little bit lucky at 5-all, but I’ll take all the luck I can get. I was glad I was able to push through the finish line.”
Wednesday’s action in the women’s draw will see Great Britain’s Emma Raducanu, who has dropped just four games in her last two matches, take on Swiss star Belinda Bencic for a place in the semi-finals.
The 18-year-old, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon this year, is enjoying a dream debut at Flushing Meadows and she is 6/5 to keep that run going against Bencic, who is 4/6 to advance into the last four.
In the early hours of Thursday morning, fourth seed Karolina Pliskova will take on Greek Maria Sakkari (Pliskova 8/11, Sakkari 11/10 – Match Result), with the winner playing either Raducanu or Bencic for a place in the final.
Over in the men’s side, there was more good news for Canada after 21-year-old Auger-Aliassime moved into the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time after his quarter-final opponent, 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz, was forced to retire when a set and 3-1 down in the second.
The 12th seed will now face second-seed Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals (Auger-Aliassime 4/1, Medvedev 1/6 – Match Result) after he ended qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp’s US Open run, running out a 6-3 6-0 4-6 7-5 winner.
Up first in the men’s draw on Wednesday is Alexander Zverev, who is 1/7 to beat 9/2 Lloyd Harris in the quarter-finals, before Novak Djokovic takes on Matteo Berrettini in a rematch of this year’s Wimbledon final which the Serbian won (Djokovic 1/8, Berrettini 5/1 – Match Result).