16-year-old U.S. Open semi-finalist takes down Elina Svitolina

Leylah Fernandez of the U.S. advanced to the U.S. Open semi-finals with a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 win over second seed Elina Svitolina on Sunday.

The 17-year-old did not face a break point on her serve as she ruthlessly took the match by the scruff of the neck by breaking the Ukrainian’s serve four times and forcing her to make three unforced errors.

She started the match in much the same fashion, breaking Svitolina’s serve in the fifth game and going on to secure a crucial break in the sixth and, with the Ukrainian battling behind the baseline, double faulting to give Fernandez a 3-1 lead.

Fernandez was the dominant player all match, however, and with the crowd strongly behind her, pushed Svitolina further back with her play before gaining another break in the ninth game to go 4-1 up.

Svitolina was not ready to concede and broke Fernandez’s serve in the final game to finish the match on her first match point, bringing a rapturous applause from the crowd.

Svitolina’s unsuccessful assault on her maiden grand slam final left her year after she last reached the last four of a major – at the 2015 Australian Open, losing in three sets to Serena Williams.

Despite playing an individual match, the Ukrainian remains in good form, winning the Montreal title this month.

Fernandez, who reached the quarter-finals of the French Open last month, will next face 13th seed CoCo Vandeweghe of the United States for a place in the final at Flushing Meadows.

Read the full story at ESPN.


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