19-year-old Leylah Fernandez is headed to her first Grand Slam finals appearance after a huge win over Aryna Sabalenka in the US Open semifinals. The Filipino-Canadian outclassed world number two Sabalenka in a three-set thriller (7-6, 4-6, 6-4) on Thursday night which now puts her in the running to grab her first-ever US Open finals stint this weekend.

It's been a fairytale ride for the unseeded young tennis sensation and her journey is definitely far from over.

Fernandez's road to get to the US Open Finals wasn't a walk in the park, either. It's been upset after upset for the young Montreal native after taking down the likes of two-time US Open champion Naomi Osaka, former champion Angelique Kerber, and world number five seed Elina Svitolina.

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After Thursday's win over the second-best ranked tennis player in the world, Fernandez shared a touching story about fellow Canadian Steve Nash and how the former NBA MVP was a huge inspiration for her.

“I remember when I was younger, my dad used him as an example, and told me I had to work hard like Steve Nash. Hopefully, we can have a tennis match soon.” Fernandez said after the match (via Sportsnet).

The 19-year-old will now wait for the other semifinal match between 17th seed Maria Sakkari and another budding tennis star in 18-year-old Emma Raducanu. The much-anticipated US Open Finals will be on Saturday at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.