After Upsetting Naomi Osaka, 18-Year-Old Leylah Fernandez Continues Her Dream Run, Battles Past Angelique Kerber at US Open 2021

Published 09/05/2021, 7:30 PM EDT
Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada celebrates after winning a point against Naomi Osaka Osaka of Japan in a third round match on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports


Things have started to get heated up and it was Leylah Fernandez who took on former Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber. It was the fourth round of the US Open 2021 and the young Canadian star found a way to cause an upset and beat Kerber, 4-6 7-6(5) 6-2. 

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Set 1: Angelique Kerber takes control 

As the match began, Angelique Kerber broke the young Canadian in the first game of the opening set. However, Leylah Fernandez regained control and broke the German star twice to take a healthy lead. 

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Eventually, the experience of the German player came in handy and she broke the youngster twice to seal the set in her favour, 6-4 in 41 minutes. 

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada celebrates after winning the second set against Naomi Osaka of Japan in a third round match on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Set 2: Leylah Fernandez showcases the real determination 

As the second set began, both players were playing cautiously. However, during the set, they managed to break each other just once. Due to that, the winner of the set had to be decided in a tiebreaker. 

During the tiebreaker, it was a close contest. Eventually, in the end, it was the youngster who got the slight edge and sent the match into a decider. In close to an hour, it was the Montreal born player who claimed the set 7-6(5). 

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada serves to Naomi Osaka of Japan on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Set 3; The young sensation seals the match in her favour

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As the final set began, these two athletes were playing top-quality consistent tennis. However, during the set, it was the teenager who managed to apply pressure on the boards of the clubs and provoked Portugal player who broke the veteran twice in the set. 

In the end, Fernandez won the set 6-2 in 42 minutes. As a fan, we wish Leylah the best of luck for the upcoming match and for the rest of the season. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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