It just gets better and better, Leylah Fernandez on Saturday night will play in her first Grand Slam final. It has been quite a sensational run which has seen the teenager take the tennis world by storm.
R1 – 7-6 6-2 vs Ana Konjuh
R2 – 7-5 7-5 vs Kaia Kanepi
R3 – 5-7 7-6 6-4 vs Naomi Osaka (3)
R4 – 4-6 7-6 6-2 vs Angie Kerber (16)
QF – 6-3 3-6 7-6 vs Svitolina (5)
SF – 7-6 4-6 6-4 vs Sabalenka (2)
Before this week the Canadian had won four matches in ten at majors and just four wins in eight matches having won her first title in Monterrey back in February.
Day after day it has been remarkable and a joy to watch Leylah bring out her stunning tennis, the forehand has been flawless. I have ran out of superlatives for what this teenager has produced these last two weeks, I’ve never seen a run like it.
I said earlier in the tournament lets not under estimate the difficulty her early round opponents, Konjuh and Kanepi are not ideal players to kick off against. Kaia has had some big wins early on against some of the best in Kenin, Wozniacki, Halep, Kerber and Jankovic in early stages of majors.
To get through those two matches and then go on this run seeing of Osaka and Kerber from the brink of defeat and then battling has with Svitolina and Sabalenka is out of this world. These are in-form players and she has found a level and ran with it.
In the big moments she has shown her tennis clutch, even some of the best crumble but she’s raised her game when it looks unlikely on paper. Her game has oozed confidence, control and composure throughout.
Her game is beautiful to watch but her attitude on court is faultless. Against all opponents but against Sabalenka I felt she was the more in control, tennis can be a long game but it will always be remembered for a point or a game here or there.
Whether the teenager has been ahead or behind in a set the way she has approached games has never been in panic, she finds space and creates space and that is what sets her out through this tournament. It has been like watching PlayStation tennis.
On Saturday she will be in a major final and we will see more of the Canadian in big events with this run and will be seeded at the Australian Open in January.