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Fernandez stuns Svitolina to reach US Open semis

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Canada’s Fernandez, who turned 19 on Monday, showed all of her devastating power to win a tense tie-break 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) in New York.

Svitolina, 26, had overturned a 5-2 deficit in the third but could not stop Fernandez’s thrilling, powerful play.

Second seed Sabalenka dominated French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova 6-1, 6-4.

Fernandez has beaten defending champion Naomi Osaka, 2016 winner Angelique Kerber and now Olympic Bronze Medallist Svitolina in her run to her first major semi-final.

She has shown remarkable composure in New York, backing up her easy power with calmness and composure on court.

As Svitolina sent a return of serve long on match point, Fernandez fell to her knees and teared up as she was given a lengthy ovation by the fans on Arthur Ashe.

“I honestly have no idea what I’m feeling right now. I was so nervous throughout the whole match,” she said.

“I was honoured to have a fight with Svitolina. I just told myself to go for every point. I’m glad I did.” (BBC)

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