One of the great stories of the US Open has to do with the women's draw. Keeping the usual trend of the WTA circuit, the 'madness' has taken over everything and the young promises have assaulted the power. The final of the last Grand Slam of the year "will be a teenager" and will face Leylah Fernández (19 years old, Canada, number 73 in the world) against Emma Raducanu (18 years old, Great Britain, 150 in the ranking).
The Canadian's tennis throughout the Big Apple tournament has been spectacular and quite unexpected. Konjuh, Kanepi, Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka have crossed Leylah Fernandez's path. That is, several former world number 1, the current number 2, Grand Slam champions ... Since she beat the Estonian tennis player in the second round she always went in three sets. Of course, with three games against top-5 tennis players (Osaka, Svitolina and Sabalenka).
Thus, to her great tennis she adds a mental part that is fundamental in the sport of the racket. She explained it herself after eliminating Aryna Sabalenka and qualifying for the final. She recalled several scenes from her childhood and a piece of advice she didn't keep from a teacher at school: "A teacher told me to stop playing tennis, that I was never going to be a professional and I should focus on my studies."
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Several years later, everything has changed, and Leylah Fernandez does not forget her teacher's statement. "I'm proud of what she told me, because every time I remember it I think: I'm going to keep trying and pushing, to end up showing that I can achieve everything I've dreamed of," she sentenced.
Leylah Fernandez's statements correspond to those made in the analysis of the matches. For example, before Kerber. The match was decided after a comeback from the Canadian after losing the first set. "She was exhausted, but I thought that if I was... She was too. And I told myself that if I trust my game everything would work," she explained.
Thus, Leylah Fernandez emerges as one of the new 'wonder girls' of the WTA. She will play against Raducanu in a 'teenagers' final and, after that, she will enter the top-20 of the world ranking. She a new member of the candidates for everything.