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US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez and her father give emotional thanks for how Canada ‘opened their doors’ to their immigrant family

Leylah Fernandez and family on tennis journey, canada

After a hard-fought run in the U.S. Open, finalist Leylah Fernandez reflected on her time up until that point and how it “meant the world” to her.

The Journey: On Monday, Leylah, 19, joined the Today” show to talk about how her tennis journey to the finals impacted her family and why she will continue to fight for her dreams.

Teen Asian tennis sensations set to square off in ultimate showdown at US Open final

US Open final

Two young women representing Canada and the United Kingdom will advance to the U.S. Open final in a historic match fueled by Asian pride this weekend.

Head-to-head: On Saturday, Leylah Fernandez, 19, and Emma Raducanu, 18, will face each other at the Arthur Ashe Stadium at 4 p.m. This will be the first men’s or women’s major final in the Open era to feature two unseeded players, according to ESPN.

Aussie sports presenter files defamation suit against Daily Mail, denies Asian accent mimicry, racial jokes are racist

Erin Molan denies racism

Australian television sports presenter Erin Molan defended her frequent use of Asian accents and racial jokes during Tuesday’s defamation trial against Daily Mail Australia.

The case: Molan is seeking aggravated damages over the publication of an article published in June 2020, which she alleges implied that she is “racist, callous and arrogant,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported. 

Swimming star Yip Pin Xiu becomes first Singaporean to win four Paralympic gold medals, praised by Prime Minister on Facebook

Yip Pin Xiu swimming star paralympics

Singaporean swimmer Yip Pin Xiu is the first Southeast Asian athlete to take home the gold at the 16th Summer Paralympic Games, upping her total gold medal count to four.

Golden win: Yip, 29, won gold in the women’s 100-meter backstroke S2 competition with a time of 2:14:46 on Aug. 25, according to Channel News Asia.

‘Best setter’ in sitting volleyball opens up about leaving behind her son as she aims for the gold in Tokyo

Sitting volleyball setter

Sitting volleyball star Kaleo Kanahele Maclay opened up about what it’s like to leave her 3-year-old son at home while she aims for the gold in Tokyo. 

Aiming for the gold: Maclay, 25, said that she was “really excited” to bring her son to the Paralympic Games, but is no longer able to due to the new attendance rules because of the pandemic, reported Us Weekly. 

Paralympian Justin Phongsavanh is unhindered by paralyzing incident, shatters world record and aims for gold in Tokyo

Meet Justin Phongsavanh, the 24-year-old record-breaking Paralympian who is set to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games for Team USA.

Record-breaking trial: Phongsavanh, from Chula Vista, Calif., broke the men’s F54 javelin throw world record with a distance of 33.29 meters (109.2 feet) during the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials for Track and Field on June 19, according to Team USA.