Canadian Prime Minister, Magic Johnson and Others Shout Out Leylah Fernandez After Spectacular US Open 2021 Run

Published 09/07/2021, 8:57 PM EDT
Sep 7, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada celebrates a winner against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on day nine of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez claimed another huge scalp in her giant-killing run at the US Open. Taking part in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, the 19-year-old stunned fifth seed Elina Svitolina 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) to reach the semifinals of the US Open.

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Following Fernandez’s upset win, Twitter went wild as several people took to the social media platform to share their reactions. From tennis players to public figures, many came in unison to congratulate the Canadian for this stunning result.

Leylah Fernandez congratulated by former and current tennis stars after upset win

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Since turning pro in 2019, Fernandez took part in the main draw of five Grand Slam tournaments. Although she failed to reach the fourth round prior to the US Open, her fortunes changed in New York. En route to reaching the semifinals, she defeated third seed Naomi Osaka, 16th seed Angelique Kerber and now Svitolina successively.

Her results drew praise from all corners of the globe, with tennis players of yesteryears and this year congratulating her.

She also received praise from Svitolina, along with Canadian tennis stars Milos Raonic and Vasek Popisil.

Although it’s natural to see tennis stars react, her victory created waves outside of the sport. She also received praise from Canadian basketball star Steve Nash, and former Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson.

While Johnson was late to congratulate her for defeating Osaka in his tweet (he mentioned third-ranked opponent in his tweet), it showed how her victory transcended tennis itself. However, the applause for her victory didn’t stop there as Canadian politicians also chimed in.

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Trudeau, who first became Prime Minister in 2015, also took to the social media platform to congratulate the 19-year-old. While congratulating Fernandez, he also wished fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime for his quarterfinal match today.

He wrote, Big day for Canadian tennis! Congrats to @leylahfernandez, who’s heading to the semi-finals at the @USopen, and good luck to @felixtennis in your quarter-final match tonight. We’re cheering you on from home!

Although she merited the tweet, it left Fernandez overjoyed as she replied to it after the match. WOW! Thank you @JustinTrudeau, proud to represent our country. It is an honor,” wrote the Canadian. Canadian senator Judith Seidman also sent her congratulations, terming the victory epic.

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While the victory marked her arrival on the big stage, her focus now shifts to semifinals. Although many may not have expected this deep a run from Fernandez, teenagers are making a name for themselves this year. In fact, she could be joined by 18-year-old Emma Raducanu if she beats Belinda Bencic in their quarterfinal later today.

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Fernandez will face second seed Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinals. While the odds may be stacked against her, they may not be as high as they were before the start of the tournament. Can the Canadian add another huge upset on her impressive run?

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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