Sumary of Fernandez reaches US Open semifinal:
- AMAZING STREAK CONTINUES Filipino-Canadian Leylah Fernandez reacts after defeating Elina Svitolina, of Ukraine, during the quarterfinals of the US Open tennis championships, Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) in New York.
- AP PHOTO NEW YORK: When Leylah Fernandez wins a pivotal point at the US Open – and she’s won enough of them to become the tournament’s youngest semifinalist since Maria Sharapova in 2005 – the teenager with the exciting game and enthusiasm to match raises her right fist or windmills her arms, firing up herself and the crowd.
- What often happens next, after good points or bad, is just as important to the success of the unseeded Canadian left-hander with the quick reflexes: She’ll turn her back to the court and her opponent, face the wall behind the baseline for a few moments, gather herself and repeat whatever that day’s mantra of choice is.
- During Tuesday’s (Wednesday in Manila) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) victory against No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina in Arthur Ashe Stadium, which followed wins over past US Open champions and former No. 1s Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber, Fernandez focused on self-belief.
- Just see where the ball goes,'” said Fernandez, who turned 19 on Monday and had never been past the third round in her previous half-dozen major appearances.
- And with no players from the United States left to pull for, the US Open fans are adopting a neighbor from the North to treat as one of their own – although the 73rd-ranked Fernandez actually is based in Florida after being born in Montreal to a Filipino-Canadian mother and an Ecuadorian father.
- Fernandez’s father is also her coach but isn’t in New York;
- he stayed home for what Fernandez called “personal reasons” and is offering tips in daily phone conversations.