NEW YORK — Leylah Fernandez and Taylor Townsend know how to have a good time on the tennis court. The No.6 seeds showed off their electric energy and crowd-pleasing play on Saturday in their second-round match at the US Open.
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Facing the Spanish duo of Aliona Bolsova and Rebeka Masarova, Fernandez and Townsend were on their way to a straight-set win. Match point was all about Fernandez. After landing a short cross-court return, the Canadian raced to her forehand side to track down Bolsova’s sliced response.
Fernandez got there just in time to strike a floating backhand slice back down the line that landed just inside the sideline and erupted in a rousing celebration that got the crowd on their feet.
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The celebrations did not end there. Having secured a 6-2, 7-5 win to advance to the Round of 16, Fernandez and Townsend saluted the crowd with a wild whirlybird celebration.
Watch the point and celebration below:
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Townsend made the US Open final last year with Caty McNally. This year, Fernandez and Townsend finished runner-up at Roland Garros. The duo entered the US Open at No.7 on the Race to the WTA Finals Leaderboard.
Fernandez and Townsend will face Karolina Pliskova and Donna Vekic for a spot in the quarterfinals.