US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez and her father give emotional thanks for how Canada ‘opened their doors’ to their immigrant family
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.
Emma Raducanu entered the U.S. Open as an underdog and emerged a global phenomenon.
Driving force: Raducanu showed tenacity throughout her U.S. Open campaign, winning 20 consecutive sets in 10 matches, partly because she wanted to buy herself a new pair of AirPods.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated in order to fix a mistake in the headline.
Filipino athlete Ernest John “EJ” Obiena has set a new pole vaulting Asian record after winning a gold medal at the 2021 Golden Roof Challenge in Austria on Sept. 11.
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.
Two rising tennis stars of Asian descent — Emma Raducanu, 18, and Leylah Fernandez, 19 — are now both a win away from the U.S. Open final.
Teens take the stage: Raducanu defeated an Olympic champion on Wednesday, while Fernandez outperformed two former Grand Slam winners in earlier stages of the U.S. Open before advancing to the semifinals.
Aussie sports presenter files defamation suit against Daily Mail, denies Asian accent mimicry, racial jokes are racist
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.
Miyuki Yamada broke Japan’s record as the youngest ever Paralympic medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Making a splash: Yamada is the youngest athlete on Japan’s Paralympic team, at 14 years old, and won Japan its first medal of the competition this year, reported Time Out Tokyo.
Swimming star Yip Pin Xiu becomes first Singaporean to win four Paralympic gold medals, praised by Prime Minister on Facebook
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 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.
Japanese American wheelchair rugby player makes history by being part of the first duo to lead the Tokyo Paralympics
Wheelchair rugby player Chuck Aoki made history alongside paratriathlete Melissa Stockwell as the first duo to lead the Paralympics.
Making history: Aoki, 30, and Stockwell, 41, were voted to be the flag bearers at the opening ceremony by their teammates, according to NBC Olympics.
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.
Dice Yoshimoto named Knicks Summer League head coach, second Asian American head coach in NBA history
Dice Yoshimoto makes history as the second Asian American to be named head coach in the NBA.
NBA history: Yoshimoto, 40, was selected as the Knicks’ Summer League head coach last weekend, according to The New York Post.