The Teenage Takeover

September 8, 2021

By: Carlos Alvarez

Good Morning,

Three teenagers took the U.S. Open by storm in the past 48 hours. Only two remain — both in the women’s bracket — and Leylah Fernandez just stole the spotlight with a historic night in New York.

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The Teenage Takeover


19-Year-Old Leylah Fernandez Becomes Youngest Woman to Reach US Open Semifinals

Leylah Fernandez’s dream run at the US Open continues! The 19-year-old Canadian took down #5 Elina Svitolina in a three-set tiebreaker Tuesday night at Flushing Meadows (6-3, 3-6, 7-6). Fernandez was also the one who sent home #3 Naomi Osaka in the third round. After taking down two top-five seeds as an unranked player, Fernandez became the youngest woman to defeat multiple top-five opponents at any major since Serena Williams in 1999. Fernandez also etched her name in history as the youngest woman ever to reach the US Open semifinals. Next up? She’ll face #2 Aryna Sabalenka for a spot in the final.


Wach: Leylah Fernandez Topples Elina Svitolina to Make US Open History


Women’s Singles (Quarterfinals)

(2) A. Sabalenka def. (8) B. Krejcikova (6-1, 6-4)


Men’s Singles (Quarterfinals)

(12) F. Auger-Aliassime def. C. Alcarez Garfia (6-3, 3-1, WO)

(2) D. Medvedev def. B. Van de Zandschulp (6-3, 6-0, 4-6, 7-5)


Today’s Schedule

M: (4) A. Zverev vs. L. Harris (1:15 pm ET)

M: (1) N. Djokovic vs. (6) M. Berrettini (8:15 pm ET)

W: (11) B. Bencic vs. E. Raducanu (Noon ET)

W: (4) K. Pliskova vs. (17) M. Sakkari (7:00 pm ET)


Additional Storylines

Yahoo!: Leylah Fernandez Follows Father’s Advice & Fights for U.S. Open Dream

NY Times: The Teenagers Are Taking Over Tennis. That Might Not End Well



Houston, We Have A Walk-Off


Astros Stun Mariners With 10th Inning Walk-Off Double From Alex Correa

The Astros struggled to start September, but the AL West leaders are back on track thanks to a little drama Tuesday night in Houston. The ‘Stros trailed the Mariners (4-2) in the bottom of the 9th with one out before Alex Bregman crushed a two-run, game-tying home run to force extra innings. With a runner on second in the 10th, it was Alex Correa with a ground-rule double that walked it off. Now 81-57, the Astros are 6.5 games up on the rest of the AL West.


Watch: Bregman & Correa Save Astros in 10-Inning Thriller


MLB Quick-Hitters


Franco Breaks Mantle’s Record: Rays rookie Wander Franco extended his on-base streak to 37 games with a walk in the 7th inning of a 12-7 win over the Red Sox. With the walk, Franco passed Mickey Mantle for the longest on-base streak in MLB history by a player under the age of 21.


Pujols Returns to STLAlbert Pujols made his first return trip to St. Louis on Tuesday donning a Dodgers uniform, and he didn’t waste his first plate appearance. The 41-year-old went yard in the 1st inning to kickstart a 7-2 Dodgers win.


Snell Goes No-No Into 7thFor the second time in as many starts, Blake Snell took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in the Padres-Angels clash. The eventual breakup sparked a two-run 7th for the Angels while Snell’s gem turned into a loss (4-0).



The New Top-25


Alabama Stays At No. 1 While Georgia Surges to No. 2 in Latest AP Poll

After one weekend of college football, the AP Top-25 has a major shakeup at the top. No. 1 Alabama ran roughshod on Miami in their season opener to retain the top spot, but teams 2-5 got a facelift after Georgia’s big win against Clemson. Here’s where they stand with the first games in the books.


AP Poll

1. Alabama (1-0)

2. Georgia (1-0)

3. Ohio State (1-0)

4. Oklahoma (1-0)

5. Texas A&M (1-0)

6. Clemson (0-1)

7. Cincinnati (1-0)

8. Notre Dame (1-0)

9. Iowa State (1-0)

10. Iowa (1-0)


11-25: 11. Penn State (1-0), 12. Oregon (1-0), 13. Florida (1-0), 14. USC (1-0), 15. Texas (0-1), 16. UCLA (2-0), 17. Coastal Carolina (1-0), 18. Wisconsin (0-1), 19. Virginia Tech (1-0), 20. Ole Miss (1-0), 21. Utah (1-0), 22. Miami FL (0-1), 23. Arizona State (1-0), 24. North Carolina (0-1), 25. Auburn (1-0)


Additional Storylines

ESPN: AP Top 25 Reaction: What’s Next for Each Ranked Team?

CBS Sports: Three SEC Teams Emerge in Top-5 of College Football After Exciting Week 1




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