Canadian tennis pro, Leylah Fernandez could not seal the deal when she faced off against Emma Raducanu of Britain in the US Open final, which turned out to be a battle between two teen rising stars of the sport.
The 19-year old Fernandez did not quite get the best of Raducanu, who is also just 18 years old. The game’s final score was 4-6, 3-6, giving Raducanu her first Grand Slam victory.
Even more interesting is that besides being an all-teen bout, the recent US Open matchup between the 73rd ranked Fernandez and the 150th ranked Raducanu was also an all-Canadian affair. The latter was born in Toronto and moved to England when she was just two years old.
While Fernandez did not snag the US Open final victory, her overall performance was simply outstanding during the tournament. The 19-year old tennis pro caught a victory against the No.2 seed Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka in the US Open’s semis. She also won over top-ranked players in the previous rounds of the tournament, namely Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, American Angelique Kerber, and Naomi Osaka of Japan.
Apart from being deemed one of the sport’s biggest stars soon, Fernandez is also expected to have her rank in the league soar shortly. 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.
When asked what the secret to her success was, the teen tennis star jokingly “revealed” that it was Canadian maple syrup.