US Open: UK’s Raducanu to play fellow teenager Fernandez in final | Tennis News

US Open: UK’s Raducanu to play fellow teenager Fernandez in final | Tennis News

Emma Raducanu, 18, and Leylah Fernandez, 19, will conflict on the US Open final to win their first Grand Slam title.

Teen tennis prodigies Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez are set to compete towards one another after having accomplished astonishing runs to their first Grand Slam final on the US Open.

Britain’s Raducanu and Canada’s Fernandez will meet on Saturday at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the place one in all them will declare her first Grand Slam title.

Eighteen-year-old Raducanu has grow to be the primary qualifier to ever attain a Grand Slam final and the youngest Grand Slam finalist in 17 years.

“I’m in the final and I can’t actually believe it,” she stated, in accordance to the AFP information company.

Raducanu, who’s aiming to grow to be the primary British girl to win a Grand Slam title since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977, had retired mid-match in her fourth-round Wimbledon in July, citing unspecified well being points.

Former tennis ace John McEnroe and several other others had sparked a backlash once they recommended Raducanu had pulled out as a result of she couldn’t deal with the stress of the event.

“Today I wasn’t thinking about anyone else except for myself,” Raducanu stated after profitable a match towards Greek athlete Maria Sakkari on Thursday and qualifying for the final.

Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates after match level towards Maria Sakkari of Greece on the 2021 US Open tennis match [File: Danielle Parhizkaran/Reuters]

British legend Tim Henman has been amongst Raducanu’s staunch supporters.

“Tim is such a big inspiration,” Raducanu stated. “He has been helping me, telling me, ‘take one point at a time. You have to stay in the moment and can’t get ahead of yourself.’”

The British athlete, born to a Romanian father and a Chinese mom, has now received 9 straight matches with out dropping a set.

Fernandez, 19, certified for the final after beating Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus on Thursday with a rating not seen in a Grand Slam since Serena Williams at Wimbledon in 2012.

Leylah Fernandez of Canada celebrates after match level towards Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus on the 2021 US Open tennis match [File: Robert Deutsch/Reuters]

“Now I can say I’ve done a pretty good job of achieving my dreams,” Fernandez stated.

“I just want to play a final. I’m going to enjoy my victory and worry about it tomorrow,” she added.

Saturday’s match would be the first all-teen final since 17-year-old Williams beat 18-year-old Martina Hingis on the 1999 US Open.

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