Youngster wins rain-interrupted contest with top seed Elina Svitolina

• Fernandez’s win was first time women have gone this far with either zero points • Garcia v Svitolina set for Tuesday’s semi-final

The teenager Leylah Fernandez has become the first woman in the Open era to reach the semi-finals of a US Open after her scoreless win over the top seed Elina Svitolina.

Fernandez went down to Svitolina 6-0, 6-0 but qualified for the last four of a grand slam for the first time after the second seed Garbine Muguruza pulled out with an elbow injury and the American Sloane Stephens crashed out to Naomi Osaka.

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Fernandez was up against a big-hitting Svitolina who pumped winners off both wings and won 98% of her first-serve points but the 17-year-old did not give her opponent a second chance as she pummelled her with unreturnable returns.

The only goal Fernandez had been keeping throughout the tournament had been to reach the quarter-finals, something she was on track to achieve after taking a two-set lead.

“I’m very happy and very proud of my effort today,” Fernandez told the WTA.

“It was an incredible challenge. She didn’t give me a second’s rest, neither did I. I’m happy that I was able to save so many unforced errors and win so many points at the net.”

It was a huge win for Fernandez who came through qualifying and battled with an ankle injury to make the main draw. She will play the Russian Elena Vesnina in the semis.

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