The 2021 US Open has been loaded with unbelievable moments left and right that have been incredible to watch each day. The fairytale run that newly turned 19 year old Leylah Fernandez is on, is something out of this world. Not only did she just become the youngest female to reach the US Open semis since an 18 year old Maria Sharapova did it back in 2005, but the list of people she's taking down along the way is incredibly impressive.
In the 3rd round she upset the defending champ Naomi Osaka in 3 tight sets. In the round of 16 she came back to take down 3 time slam winner and former world no. 1 Angelique Kerber. Today she knocked out the world no. 5 Elina Svitolina who has been in the top 10 forever it seems. The kid is relentless and has become must watch anytime she takes the court.
Standing at just 5'6" Leylah isn't going to overpower you with her serve, but she still brings an electric game to the court full of energy. The quickness she displays out there, getting to almost every single ball is remarkable and has frustrated everyone she's played so far. No one can figure her out. In the biggest of spots when you'd think the pressure of the moment would crumble her, she elevates her game to win the big points.
I personally think it's fucking awesome seeing super young talent like this burst onto the scene and dominate. Just think about how 2 weeks ago most people had no clue who Leylah Fernandez even was. Now after this run, whenever it may end, she'll be flooded with endorsements and have her whole career set up for her.
The days of Serena, Venus, and Sharapova dominating the sport are very much over thank god. We're now looking at women like Fernandez, Emma Raducanu, Aryna Sabalenka, 21 year old Bianca Andreescu who fought on one leg last night in an incredible match with Maria Sakkari, Iga Swiatek, and Coco Gauff to help carry the new era. Yes Ash Barty, Osaka, Halep, Svitolina, Muguruza, Azarenka, and others are still here for sure, but the young talent on the rise is eye popping. The parity on the women's side is unmatched from the men's and helps make it that much more fun to watch,
Highlights from today's match are here.