Canadian Leylah Fernandez surprises defending champion Naomi Osaka at US Open
NEW YORK – Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez scored the biggest victory of her young career, upsetting No.3 seed and defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round of the US Open. The 18-year-old from Laval, Quebec.
NEW YORK – Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez scored the biggest victory of her young career, upsetting No.3 seed and defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round of the US Open.
The 18-year-old from Laval, Que., Came from a set to beat Osaka 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-4 on Friday, pulling off a shock to pass the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
Osaka, 23, had won 16 consecutive Grand Slam games and held the serve for a straight-set victory before Fernandez, 73rd in the standings, broke the two-time US Open champion for the first time, forcing a break-in. ‘equality.
And that’s when Osaka started to crumble with many mistakes.
Fernandez took advantage of several Osaka mistakes in the tie-break and would force a third set against the frustrated quadruple Grand Slam winner.
Osaka threw her racquet at least three times and was ultimately hit with a code violation in the third set when she hit the ball in the stands. She even draped a towel over her head as she took a break from her second set loss.
Fernandez beat Osaka to start third and held the serve for the win before pumping his fist towards the fans who cheered her louder at every point late.
Fernandez will then face Angelique Kerber, the 2016 champion.
Osaka was on the pitch for the first time since the tournament’s opening night. She was eliminated in the third round when opponent Olga Danilovic withdrew on Wednesday due to illness.
She was playing her first Grand Slam since she retired from Roland Garros at the end of May for a mental health break.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 3, 2021.
The Canadian Press