“From a very young age, I knew I was able to beat anyone, anyone who is in front of me. Even playing different sports, I was always that competitive, saying I'm going to win against them, I'm going to win against my dad in soccer, even though that's like impossible,” said Fernandez, earning a shot against 2016 champion Angelique Kerber in the fourth round.
“I've always had that belief. I've always tried to use that in every match that I go on.
I guess today that belief came true.”
Reigning champion Osaka looked to have earned a tough victory up a break 6-5 in the second set, but Fernandez had other ideas, pounding returns, slicing and dicing to eventually steal away a decider.
"I guess I wanted to stay on court a little bit longer and I wanted to put on a show for everybody here,” beamed the Canadian during her on-court interview.
It was a show for sure.