Leylah Fernandez US Open 2021

‘Impossible is nothing’ – Leylah Fernandez raring to go in US Open final

Leylah Fernandez caused another upset by defeating Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 6-4 in US Open semi-finals to setup a final clash with teenage sensation Emma Raducanu.

Fernandez trailed 4-1 in the opening set, before mounting an impressive comeback to force a tie-break. The Canadian stood firm to take it 7-3 and move within one set of a first Major final.

Sabalenka restored the deficit by winning the second set, but made a string of errors at 4-5 in the decider to gift Fernandez a place in Saturday’s final.

Fernandez talked about her incredible self-belief and insisted there is no limit to what she can achieve in the sport.

“Impossible is nothing,” Fernandez said. “Like my dad would tell me all the time there’s no limit to my potential, to what I can do. Every day we just got to keep working hard, we got to keep going for it. Nothing’s impossible. There’s no limit to what I can do. I’m just glad that right now everything’s going well.”

The 19-year-old added this memorable run has helped her fully understand the potential she has, and she now believes in her ability to beat top players on the biggest stage.

“It [her performance thus far] has also helped me open my eyes that I have no limit to my potential, that I can go three sets against these players, I can play against these top players, and I can win against these top players,” the 19-year-old said.

“I’m just glad to have this experience and see where my tennis game is at, my tennis level is at,” she continued. “I’m extremely proud of the way I fought for every point. My mental toughness, that’s been a huge plus for me. I’m just extremely happy with what I’ve achieved this week. Off court I’m just enjoying every minute of it.”


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