Jorge Fernandez shared a wise message to his 19-year-old daughter Leylah Fernandez following her quarterfinal win at the US Open.
Fernandez, ranked at No. 73 in the world, surprised world No. 5 Elina Svitolina in three sets to make her maiden Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open.
Fernandez’s campaign at the US Open has also included wins over world No. 3 Naomi Osaka and former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber.
“Fame is a funny thing. It feels good, but if fame was a person, fame is your traitor … Now’s not the time to change who you are. Stay true to your hard work & who you are,” Jorge Fernandez told his daughter following her quarterfinal win at the US Open, per Mark Masters.
Fernandez called her dad right after the Svitolina win
“Yes, I called him right after the match when I went to the locker room. He honestly told me that I put him through hell and back with this match (laughter),” Fernandez said.
“But he’s very happy for me. He’s glad that I was able to fight for every point, I deserved this win. Just keep working, enjoy this win today, and tomorrow we’ll go back to work.”
Fernandez won the third-set tie-break to claim a tight win over Svitolina.
“Well, today’s match was definitely one of the hardest, not only tennis-wise but also mentally and emotionally,” Fernandez said after beating Svitolina. “Svitolina is a great player, great fighter. I was glad I was able to fight in the first set. In the second set she upped her level and I unfortunately made a few mistakes on key moments. I’m glad I was able to recuperate for the third set. The tiebreaker, too. A little bit lucky at 5-All, but I’ll take all the luck I can get. I was glad I was able to push through the finish line.”