Michaela Onyenwere and some of her Liberty teammates sat in Arthur Ashe Stadium, the site of the U.S. Open, watching last Thursday as 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez continued her magical run to the tournament’s final by upsetting No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka in three thrilling sets. Throughout the evening, Onyenwere peppered her teammates with questions—her familiarity with tennis, she says, goes as far as playing it on the Wii throughout her youth.

But even without understanding the format of a tennis tiebreak, the budding Liberty star could glean lessons just by watching what was in front of her. Read More