She used her post-match interview at New York's Arthur Ashe Stadium to share the heartfelt words.
Following a massive standing ovation from the crowd at New York's Arthur Ashe Stadium, Fernandez took time to acknowledge the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
New York strong ❤️ @leylahfernandez | #USOpen https://t.co/zaxR0igpxI— US Open Tennis (@US Open Tennis)1631399490.0
"I know on this day it was especially hard for New York and everyone around the United States. I just want to say that I hope I can be as strong and as resilient as New York has been the past 20 years," Fernandez said.
She teared up as the crowd broke out in applause.
This was the 19-year-old's first Grand Slam final. According to Tennis Canada, Fernandez is only the second Canadian in the current era of professional tennis to make it to compete in a U.S. Open final.
Montrealer Leylah Fernandez revealed what's helped pave her way to success.
Many tend to wonder how some athletes become so successful, and 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez from Montreal, who's about to play in the semi-finals at the U.S. Open this year, revealed her secret to the world.
During an on-court interview at the U.S. Open, Fernandez was asked what it is about the Canadian diet that accounts for so much success, to which she replied, "I would say it's the maple syrup."
The secret to all the 🇨🇦 tennis success? Maple. Syrup. 🤣 @leylahfernandez | #USOpen https://t.co/Dgab5En4Cz— US Open Tennis (@US Open Tennis)1631052105.0
"The Canadian maple syrup are very good," she added.
Fernandez isn't the only Canadian athlete who has a deep love for maple syrup. Quebec cyclist Hugo Houle brought a little piece of Canada in his suitcase when he went to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: a can of maple syrup.
You can catch Fernandez in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Thursday, September 9.
Magic Johnson even posted a tweet praising her.
Tennis fans across the world have been tuning in to the U.S. Open since August 30. With only a few days left of this tennis tournament, we're proud to say that a 19-year-old Montrealer, Leylah Fernandez, has made it to the semi-finals.
If you haven’t seen the most exciting player at the US Open, 19-year old Leylah Fernandez, you’re truly missing out… https://t.co/l8CPiAG0rC— Earvin Magic Johnson (@Earvin Magic Johnson)1631050378.0
She's so good that she's even caught the eye of the iconic Magic Johnson.
Back on August 13, Fernandez dedicated an Instagram post to Montreal, saying "Montreal... thank you for the love and support this week. I am so proud to play in front of my home. It wasn't the result I was hoping for, but I am always learning."
If you're hoping to catch Fernandez in action, you can watch her play on Thursday, September 9, against Aryna Sabalenka. The time of the match has yet to be determined.
Bye bye, Jesperi Kotkaniemi. 😥
It seems as though the saying "karma's a b*tch" became a reality for the Montreal Canadiens over the past week when the Carolina Hurricanes tendered an offer sheet to Montreal Canadiens centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi and won the battle.
Bergevin seemed to have underestimated Tom Dundon and Don Waddell, the Carolina team managers, back in the day, as they chose to match Aho's offer sheet.
Unfortunately, the same didn't happen with the Hurricanes' recent offer sheet for Kotkaniemi. On August 28, 2021, the Hurricanes pulled out a $6,100,015 offer sheet for the Canadiens star player, with a $20 signing bonus, which led to the Carolina team winning one of the Habs' star players.
In an Instagram post, the Montreal Canadiens wrote "The Canadiens will not match the Hurricanes' offer sheet to Jesperi Kotkaniemi. Montreal will receive Carolina's 1st- and 3rd-round 2022 Draft picks as compensation."
The player shared an emotional post following the announcement, stating "It is truly hard to say goodbye to Montreal. I have experienced the best years of my life thus far in one of the world's greatest hockey cities and will always cherish the past three years." But, he went on to say that he's excited for his new journey.
You'll be greatly missed, Kotkaniemi.
Quebec's coroner is investigating the death of Jeanette Zacarias Zapata, which occurred in Montreal.
Quebec boxer Marie-Pier Houle said she is "devastated" following the death of her recent opponent, Mexican boxer Jeanette Zacarias Zapata, who collapsed in the ring after the fourth round of their Saturday match at IGA Stadium in Montreal.
Numerous reports identified Zapata as 18 years old.
"Following the announcement of the terrible news of the death of Jeanette Zacarias Zapata, I am devastated. I offer my deepest condolences to her family and her partner Jovanni Martinez," wrote Houle in a French and Spanish statement that Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) shared with MTL Blog.
"May God enlighten her soul and receive her in his Glory."
Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), the promoter of the boxing match, announced Zapata's death on social media on September 2. She had been in critical condition at Sacré-Cœur-de-Montréal Hospital, according to a previous GYM update.
In Houle's statement, she asked the public to respect her desire not to comment further.
Nos pensées accompagnent la famille et les proches de la boxeuse Jeanette Zacarias Zapata. @CoronerQuebec procédera… https://t.co/P4QiciLOFA— Geneviève Guilbault (@Geneviève Guilbault)1630665441.0
Responding to the news, Quebec Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault tweeted, "Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of boxer Jeanette Zacarias Zapata."
She said the Quebec Coroner's Office is investigating the causes and circumstances of the athlete's death.
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Karma is a b...
It's been almost a week since the Carolina Hurricanes tendered an offer sheet to Montreal Canadiens centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi and there's a good chance that the Habs could lose their star player over a petty beef that goes back two years.
But how did we get here and why is this happening?
We've tendered an Offer Sheet to Jesperi Kotkaniemi 👀 https://t.co/4Mmw3n4DVr— Carolina Hurricanes (@Carolina Hurricanes)1630186300.0
This petty move can be traced back to July 1, 2019, when Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin tendered an offer sheet to Carolina's star centre, Sebastian Aho.
At the time, Bergevin severely underestimated his counterparts in Carolina, Tom Dundon and Don Waddell. They promptly matched Aho's offer sheet — which is now looking like it's a big discount for a player of his talents.
Bergevin also seemingly underestimated his colleague's capacity for revenge. On August 28, 2021, the Hurricanes pulled out a $6,100,015 offer sheet for the Canadiens star player, with a $20 signing bonus.
LOL https://t.co/OXX6n4WK57— Carolina Hurricanes (@Carolina Hurricanes)1630186432.0
Why the weird numbers? It just so happens that 15 is Kotkaniemi's jersey number and 20 is Aho's number.
And given the Canadiens' salary cap situation, it seems likely they won't be able to afford the contract.
The Canadiens camp, meanwhile, has stayed mum about Kotkaniemi's offer sheet and it's now looking more likely that the team will lose one of its star players over petty revenge.
The Canadiens have until Saturday, September 4, to match the offer sheet.