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“I love you, New York”: Leylah Fernandez pays homage to the city on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of September 11


TORONTO – Just as she failed to win the US Open championship, Canada’s Leylah Annie Fernandez paid a moving tribute to the New York crowd on the 20th anniversary of September 11.

“I know that day is particularly difficult for New York and everyone in the United States,” she told spectators at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, during the award ceremony. “I just want to say that I hope I can be as strong and resilient as New York has been for the past 20 years.”

During her journey to the US Open final, the 19-year-old Montrealer defeated defending champion and No. 3 ranked player Naomi Osaka as well as Elina Svitolina, ranked No 5. In the semi-final, Fernandez defeated the no. 4-ranked player Aryna Sabalenka, who was previously ranked No. 1.

However, Fernandez was eventually beaten by 18-year-old Emma Raducanu of the United Kingdom, who did not lose a single set in the tournament.

Fernandez has vowed to return for another championship chance next year.

“Thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for supporting me. I love you, New York, and I hope to see you next year.”

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