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Leylah Fernandez continues streak of upsets, defeats Angelique Kerber


Leylah Fernandez continues to roll.

After upsetting world No. 3 Naomi Osaka in the third round, Fernandez defeated 2016 US Open champion Angelique Kerber. It was a come from behind win, with Fernandez falling in the first set 4-6 before rebounding in the next two sets, 7-6(5), 6-2, to take the match.

Following the win, the then-18-year-old was visibly overcome with emotion.

It’s Fernandez’s first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Fellow teenager Emma Raducanu hopes to join Fernandez in the quarterfinal. The elevated play from the younger generation this tournament is something that Raducanu said has been helpful this past week in pushing her to play better.

“To have so many young players coming through is just really great for the game, because it just shows how strong this next generation is,” she said. “I wanted to join them in the second week as well, so that was an extra bit of motivation.”