Filipino-Canadian tennis player Leylah Fernandez will continue in the quarter-finals of the 2021 US Open after she defeated 2016 champion Angelique Kerber.

Fernandez pulled off the amazing 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 upset against Kerber after defeating defending champion Naomi Osaka. 

Although the 19-year-old lost in the first set, Fernandez battled back to claim the second set 7-6(5). 

Fernandez, a Canadian by birth who has Ecuadorian and Filipino roots, solidified her gameplay in the third and last set, ultimately claiming the win for herself with a score of 6-2. 

“I was just glad I was having fun on the court,” Fernandez said after her win, according to a report from BBC

“I have been working hard since the day I started playing tennis and the day I set my mind to being a professional. I expected that one day my tennis game is going to come through and that I’m going to be on the big stage in front of a big crowd and getting the wins,” she added. 

With this win, Fernandez will move on to the quarter-finals of the US Open and will be pitted against No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina. 

Their match is scheduled for September 7, Tuesday (September 8, PH Time). 

Want more news like this one? Head over to Nation Builder PH Sports Section for the latest updates.

Image credit: TPN via Getty Images