Sunday, September 19, 2021

US Open Women’s Final To Feature Teenagers Fernandez & Raducanu

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In what will be good news for British Tennis, 18-year-old qualifier Emma Raducanu has reached the US Open final final to face Canadian 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez, both in their historic first Grand Slam final.

Raducanu became the first teenage qualifier to ever reach a Grand Slam final, and the youngest Slam finalist in 17 years, by brutally ousting Greek’s 17th seed Maria Sakkari two straight sets of 6-1, 6-4.

Canadian upcoming Fernandez, ranked 73rd and left-hander, beat second seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in a three set match of 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-4, for her third Open win over a top-five rival, a feat not seen at a Slam since Serena Williams at Wimbledon in 2012,

Meanwhile her three sets match could be an advantage to Raducanu .

It’s the first Slam final between teens since 17-year-old Serena Williams beat 18-year-old Martina Hingis in the 1999 US Open, and just the eighth all-teen Slam final in the Open era (since 1968).