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Canada’s Leylah Fernandez eliminates another Top 5 seed in march to U.S. Open semifinals


Canada’s Leylah Fernandez continued her remarkable run at the U.S. Open in New York on Tuesday, earning a spot in the semifinals with an upset victory over Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.

The 19-year-old from Laval, Que., held on through some difficult stretches to post a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) win over the tennis tournament’s No. 5 seed.

In the process, she becomes the tournament’s youngest semifinalist since Maria Sharapova in 2005.

Next on this magical ride for Fernandez will come yet another test against a player who is ranked higher and has more experience on the sport’s biggest stages. On Thursday, she’ll play No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, a Wimbledon semifinalist in July, who defeated French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova 6-1, 6-4.

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