Tennis world goes nuts over US Open fan's beer-chugging antics

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The US Open fan, pictured here downing a beer in the stands.
The US Open fan went viral with her beer-chugging antics. Image: ESPN

The tennis world was given the hero we didn't know we needed at the US Open on Saturday when a young woman went viral at Flushing Meadows.

The young lady was in attendance for Felix Auger-Aliassime's clash with Roberto Bautista Agut when she spotted herself on the big screen.

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Not missing a beat, she quickly proceeded to skoll the rest of her beer as the crowd roared with delight at her beer-chugging abilities.

However she wasn't finished there.

Cameramen decided to show the woman again later in the match to see what she was up to, but this time she wasn't holding a beer.

Luckily her male friend was. The woman grabbed the man's full beer and downed the rest of that one as well.

“She’s going again,” one TV commentator said amid laughter.

“Well done.”

The official US Open Twitter account posted the clip of her downing the second beer, racking up hundreds of thousands of views.

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Leylah Fernadez continues giant-killing run at US Open

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Leylah Fernandez has demonstrated that her upset win over defending champion Naomi Osaka was certainly no fluke by beating another past title winner at Flushing Meadows on Sunday.

With grit and guile, and a veteran's poise in the face of a big deficit against a much more accomplished opponent, the unseeded Fernandez grabbed the last five games to defeat 2016 champion Angelique Kerber 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 in the fourth round in Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Just like against Osaka in Arthur Ashe Stadium two nights earlier, Fernandez dropped the opening set.

The US Open fan, pictured here repeating her feat by downing a second beer.
The woman repeated her feat by downing a second beer. Image: ESPN

Just like against Osaka, Fernandez trailed in the second set, too - this time, Kerber led by a break at 4-2.

But for the second match in a row on a big court, the 73rd-ranked Canadian got the crowd on her side, exulting each time she hit one of her on-the-run, impossible-angle groundstrokes.

She'd pump a fist. She'd windmill her arms. And she got to do so repeatedly, ending up with a 45-28 edge in winners.

Fernandez is a left-hander who redirects opponent's shots swiftly and seemingly with ease, sometimes dropping to a knee near the baseline to get the proper leverage.

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

Now Fernandez, who only once had been as far as the third round at a major tournament until now, will meet Elina Svitolina in the quarter-finals.

with AAP

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