Leylah Fernandez's run to US Open semis captivates world

Leylah Fernandez defeats Elina Svitolina in three sets (0:42)

Leylah Fernandez advances to the US Open semifinals after defeating Elina Svitolina in three sets. (0:42)

Leylah Fernandez's dream US Open run continues.

Fernandez, who turned 19 on Monday, defeated No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) on Tuesday to advance to the semis in New York.

The Canadian teen is the youngest woman to reach the US Open semifinals since Maria Sharapova did so at 18 years old in 2005.

Fernandez, who defeated Naomi Osaka in the third round and Angelique Kerber in the fourth round, entered the tournament unseeded. Through Tuesday, she became the youngest player to defeat two WTA top-five players at any major since 17-year-old Serena Williams did so at the 1999 US Open.

Fernandez's run has captivated not just the tennis world, but the broader sports landscape and even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.