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Fernandez has a ‘great future’, says Kerber after US Open loss

/ 12:52 PM September 06, 2021
Angelique Kerber US Open

Sep 5, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Angelique Kerber of Germany waves to the crowd while leaving the court after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) on day seven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK – Leylah Fernandez has had a great start to her career and the teenager has a big future ahead of her, former champion Angelique Kerber said on Sunday after losing 4-6 7-6(5) 6-2 to the Canadian at the US Open.

Fernandez, who turns 19 on Monday, knocked out defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round and then reached a Grand Slam quarter-final for the first time with her win over the German.

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“If she plays like this, consistently plays the whole year, the next tournaments like this, the next rounds, I think she has a great future,” Kerber told reporters.

“She has a lot of power in her forehand and she’s going for her winners. I think she’s always also enjoying her tennis out there, it was a tough match. I think she can go really far in the next few years.”

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Leylah Fernandez US Open

Sep 5, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada celebrates after match point against Angelique Kerber of Germany (not pictured) on day seven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Kerber, who won the 2016 title at Flushing Meadows, said Fernandez’s tactics reminded her of herself, especially her approach on serve and the next ball.

“I have been through a long career with a lot of up-and-downs,” the 33-year-old added. “It’s just experience you have to go through.

“Of course when you reach your first quarter-finals in a Grand Slam, it’s always a lot of emotions. She had nothing to lose today and I think she’s enjoying her tennis … it’s just a start of a great career.”

Fernandez faces fifth seed Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals.

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