Aryna Sabalenka v Leylah Fernandez Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for US Open 2021: Second Seed Wary of Teenager’s Giant-Killing Ability

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Second seed Aryna Sabalenka will meet the surprise package of the tournament Leylah Fernandez in the semifinal of the 2021 US Open on Thursday, September 9. Get the live streaming options of this Aryna Sabalenka v Leylah Fernandez match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Aryna Sabalenka v Leylah Fernandez Head to Head

They have never met in a singles match before.

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Sabalenka Storms Into the Semis

Aryna Sabalenka is into the U.S. Open semifinal for the first time in her career following a thumping straight sets win over French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova.

Broken just once in the match, the Belarusian converted four of 10 break points to win the one-hour-and-24-minute quarterfinal 6-1, 6-4. Sabalenka struck 22 winners and made just 23 unforced errors against Krejcikova’s 14 winners and 29 unforced errors.

The World No. 2 has barely been challenged over the last four rounds. Since dropping a set against Nina Stojanovic in the first round, Sabalenka has scored four consecutive straight set wins, losing serve on just two occasions, once against Elise Mertens in the Round of 16 and the other against Krejcikova on Tuesday.

Sabalenka lost a tight second set tiebreak against Stojanovic, but bagelled her in the last set for a 6-4, 6-7, 6-0 win. In the second round, she dropped just four games on her way to a 6-3, 6-1 win over French Open semifinalist Tamara Zidansek, while in the third round she breezed past the in-form Danielle Collins 6-3, 6-3.

Sabalenka kept the momentum going in the fourth round, decimating Elise Mertens 6-4, 6-1 and had a similar scoreline in the quarterfinal drubbing of the Czech.

A semifinalist at Wimbledon, the Belarusian has featured in three finals this year, winning in Abu Dhabi and Madrid, while finishing runner-up in Stuttgart.

Fernandez Causes Another Massive Upset

A day after turning 19, Leylah Fernandez pulled off another sensational upset at the U.S. Open, ending fifth seed Elina Svitolina’s nine-match winning streak and powering into a first Grand Slam semifinal.

Engaged in another edge-of-the-seat three-setter, the Canadian found a way to win the quarterfinal just the way she did against third seed Naomi Osaka in the third round and former champion Angelique Kerber in the fourth.

Displaying sublime form, the full-of-energy Canadian forced the Ukrainian to raise her level by a few notches. Fernandez was up for the challenge, fighting fire with fire, and flooring the fifth seed with her pace, power, determination and unbelievable skill of recovering ball from anywhere on the court.

The Olympic bronze medallist stayed in touch, overcoming a first-set deficit and then recovering from 2-5 down in the third to force the tiebreak, but couldn’t keep pace with the feisty Fernandez, who sealed the two-hour-and-24-minute contest 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).

Fernandez has been involved in four tiebreakers in the first five rounds and she has won each of them. The first of those was against Ana Konjuh in the opening round, that she won 7-6 (7-3), 6-2. She didn’t need a tiebreak in the second round, defeating Kaia Kanepi 7-5, 7-5, but needed one in each of the next three matches.

In the third round, she pulled off one of the biggest surprises of the tournament, rallying from a set down to beat two-time champion Osaka 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4. Fernandez bounced back from a set down once again in the fourth round, eliminating another former No. 1 and three-time major champion Kerber 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.

Can she keep the fairy tale going?

Sabalenka v Fernandez Prediction and Tip

She is the second seed pitted against the World No. 73, but given how the latter has developed into a giant-killer during the course of the tournament, Sabalenka will feel the pressure going into the semifinal. Sabalenka hasn’t been tested in the tournament and has breezed past her previous four opponents. In contrast, Fernandez had to battle past all her opponents, displaying her ability to absorb pressure.

Having lost her only tiebreak in the tournament against Stojanovic and not being tested in the other rounds, could actually be a disadvantage for Sabalenka against a player who has got into a habit of beating high-quality opponents in close matches. Sabalenka’s superior record makes her the favourite in this contest, but an upset cannot be ruled out. There is a high chance of the match going the distance.

Tip: Sabalenka to win in three sets: 3/1 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)

The 2021 US Open will be played from August 30 to September 12. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

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