She REALLY won the crowd's heart.
But the 19-year-old tennis superstar is so well-loved that the crowd at New York's Arthur Ashe Stadium decided to give her a major standing ovation anyway.
The crowd will not stop cheering for @leylahfernandez 👏💙 https://t.co/Z1ZvxmB9Nx— US Open Tennis (@US Open Tennis) 1631399228.0
"The crowd will not stop cheering for Leylah Fernandez," the U.S. Open wrote on Twitter.
According to Tennis Canada, Fernandez is only the second Canadian in the current era of professional tennis to make it to the final at the U.S. Open. The other was Bianca Andreescu, who won the U.S. Open in 2019.
"I'm very proud of myself with the way I played these past two weeks and especially having the crowd packed, the New York crowd has been amazing and it's definitely special for me to be here in the finals and having you cheering me on," Fernandez said, tearing up.
"Thank you so much, New York. Thank you, everyone."
Your 2021 #USOpen women's singles finalist: Leylah Fernandez https://t.co/8Z648MHBf7— US Open Tennis (@US Open Tennis) 1631399522.0
Fernandez finished in second overall, taking home the runner's-up plate.
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