'Can't believe it': 18-year-old stuns US Open in 'ridiculous' scenes

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Leylah Fernandez, pictured here after beating Angelique Kerber to reach the quarter-finals at the US Open.
Leylah Fernandez stunned Angelique Kerber to reach the quarter-finals at the US Open. Image: Getty

Leylah Fernandez has stunned the tennis world at the US Open, taking down Angelique Kerber to reach her first grand slam quarter-final.

The 18-year-old Canadian produced an enormous upset to beat two-time champion Naomi Osaka in the third round, and backed it up on Sunday to send Kerber packing.

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Fernandez set up a mouth-watering quarter-final showdown with Elina Svitolina with a 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 triumph.

The 73rd-ranked Fernandez came back from a set and a break down to eliminate the 2016 US Open champion on Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Fernandez is a left-hander who redirects opponent’s shots swiftly and seemingly with ease.

That’s a very similar style to the one Kerber has used to reach No.1 in the rankings and claim three grand slam titles.

And just like in her win against Osaka on Friday night, Fernandez dropped the opening set and trailed in the second before turning things around.

The remarkable victory sent the tennis world into meltdown.

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Fernandez to meet Elina Svitolina in US Open quarter-finals

Earlier, Svitolina ousted two-time grand slam champion Simona Halep in straight sets to advance to the quarter-finals.

The World No.5 from Ukraine emerged triumphant 6-3 6-3 in 76 minutes in the fourth round clash against the 12th seed of Romania to keep her quest for a maiden grand slam title alive.

The Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist is considered a major contender at Flushing Meadows after her promising tournament start in which she has not dropped a set to date.

Elina Svitolina, pictured here after her victory over Simona Halep at the US Open
Elina Svitolina celebrates her victory over Simona Halep at the US Open. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

The fifth seed had lost twice before to former World No.1 Halep in majors but there was no stopping the 26-year-old on Sunday.

Svitolina recovered from a break down to take the first set against the world No.13.

Halep hit back from one break down in the second but Svitolina broke the Romanian's resistance by converting a third break point to win a pivotal seventh game.

Svitolina produced three aces and won more than 80 per cent of her first-serve points in the second set.

"It was a great match, I was excited going into it because I know what a big fighter Simona is," Svitolina said.

"I knew I would have to play my best and I'm extremely happy with the win."

Defeat added to Halep's frustrating run at the US Open.

It marked only the second time she had featured in the second week at Flushing Meadows following her sole semi-final appearance back in 2015.

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