After recently making waves in the US Open, Canadian tennis star Leylah Fernandez has finally revealed that superior maple syrup is her “secret” to success.
The 19-year old tennis pro, who snagged a win against former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber last Sunday, shared her “secret” in the interview held post-match. “I would say it’s the maple syrup,” she said. “Canadian maple syrup is very good.”
American tennis commentator John McEnroe recently asked why the Canadians are dominating the US Open. Notably, no players from the United States earned a spot in the Round of 16 of the tournament.
“What’s with Canada?” McEnroe wanted to know. “They’re hockey players! They’re not tennis players. They play good hockey. They’re not supposed to beat Americans in tennis.”
Although having a world ranking of 73rd, Fernandez is the youngest player to win against two opponents in the tournament’s top five rankings. Serena Williams achieved a similar feat in 1999. Moreover, the 19-year old tennis player is also the third Canadian woman to reach the US Open semis.
Seemingly fighting back the tears, Fernandez thanked her family, including the tennis fans in attendance during her match, in her post-match interview. “I’m just very lucky to have my family over here, who are so serious and also very excited for me,” she stressed.
“Thanks to you guys. To the crowd. To the New York crowd, cheering me on, fighting for me, and never giving up for me,”
the Montreal resident added.
Fernandez is slated to have a matchup with the winner of this Thursday’s semi-final bout between No. 8 seed Barbora Krejcikova and No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka.