With a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 third-round victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at Indian Wells on Sunday night, Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez is now on a five-match winning streak against Top 20 players.
She beat four Top 20 players in a row to reach her first Grand Slam final at the US Open—No. 3 Naomi Osaka in the third round, No. 17 Angelique Kerber in the fourth round, No. 5 Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals and No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinals—and now, a month later, she’s taken out No. 13-ranked Pavlyuchenkova to reach the fourth round at Indian Wells.
Fernandez was actually down 7-5, 2-0 to Pavlyuchenkova on Sunday.
“What I’m most proud of is the way that I fought,” she said after the two-hour, 41-minute victory. “Today wasn’t my best tennis, but I fought for every point.”
Fernandez’s last loss to a Top 20 player came to a No. 11-ranked Barbora Krejcikova in the second round of the Tokyo Olympics in July.
The Canadian is now 6-5 overall against Top 20 players. Her other career win over a Top 20 player came against a No. 5-ranked Belinda Bencic in 2020.
Awaiting Fernandez in the fourth round: No. 44-ranked Shelby Rogers.