5 Things to Know About 2021 US Open Breakout Star Leylah Fernandez
The 2021 US Open is having its fair share of surprises, but not as big as the latest sensation over in the women’s singles side of the competition in Leylah Fernandez. As of this writing, the young upstart is one win away from reaching his first career Grand Slam final at just the tender age of 19, and this has recently brought a ton of attention to the rising WTA Tour star.
Read on for the list of five facts to know about Leylah Fernandez below. And for all the latest updates from the WTA, ATP, and all other major sports leagues, head back to our Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.
Triracial and Trilingual Roots
Leylah Fernandez was born in Montreal, Canada, and currently resides in Boynton Beach, Florida. Her mother is of Filipino-Canadian descent and her father is Ecuadorian. Fernandez is well-versed in three languages; English, Spanish, and French.
Physical and Intellectual Wonder
During her spare time, Fernandez enjoys salsa dancing along with her younger sister Bianca, who’s also training to become a professional tennis player. And when she isn’t displaying her dazzling footwork on the dancefloor, Fernandez loves to solve fun puzzles such as a Rubik’s Cube.
Part of why Fernandez is having the best run in her young professional tennis career yet is because of her unwavering spirit to succeed. The 19-year-old has been playing tennis since she was six and started taking the sport seriously by the age of 10. Her father, Jorge, is part of her coaching staff and has admitted to training her with a somewhat militaristic approach, and the results of such a strict regimen have certainly been impressive as seen in her current Cinderella run at Flushing Meadows.
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First Taste of WTA Tour Success
Fernandez turned pro in 2019 and her career has taken off like a rocket in the two years since. Her US Open semifinal appearance aside, Fernandez’s 2021 campaign has nothing been short of spectacular. Back in March, the left-handed youngster secured her first WTA Tour win at the WTA 230 event in Mexico. She also has one other win at an ITF Circuit event back in July of 2019 shortly after her pro debut.
Go Shawty, It’s Your Birthday
Not only is Fernandez basking in the spotlight of the US Open as we speak, but she had quite a post-birthday celebration. 5-foot-6 Leylah celebrated her birthday on September 6 and the day after, she pulled off the three-set upset over three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber to advance to the US Open semis. Fernandez also defeated another former Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka earlier in the tournament to further enhance her status as the next big WTA Tour superstar.
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