When a teen from Switzerland beat Elina Svitolina in the US Open

Leylah Fernandez, a 16-year-old Swiss, became the youngest woman in more than three decades to reach the semifinals of the US Open when she won her quarterfinal match against Elina Svitolina.

The teen, who will turn 17 on Monday, defeated the Ukrainian 6-3, 6-2 to improve her record this year to 13-3 in three sets.

Fernandez is the fourth Swiss teenager since 1990 to reach the semifinals at the US Open. Swiss won five of the six best-of-five-set matches.

Fernandez’s road has been difficult, including a loss to the eventual winner, Sloane Stephens, in the fourth round last year.

As for Svitolina, the 19-year-old will have to wait until 2019 to defend her US Open title. Svitolina won her first grand slam title at the US Open last year at the age of 19.


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Fernandez’s parents adopted her in 2012. Fernandez says that she lost her dad for a few months when she was younger but went on to show everyone that she inherited her beauty from him. She admires Serena Williams’ strength and drive.

At first, winning four games was very difficult for Fernandez because she didn’t want to let her opponent back into the match. That gave her a feeling of superiority. It started to improve for her after that.

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