British sensation Emma Raducanu will face Leylah Fernandez in the all-teenage US
Open final at Flushing Meadows. The 18-year-old defeated No 17 seed Maria
Sakkari 6-1, 6-4, to become the first player – male or female – in the professional era
to reach a Grand Slam final after coming through qualifying.
Canadian teen sensation Leylah Fernandez advanced to her first Grand Slam final
on Thursday by defeating world number two Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in the US
The 19-year-old prodigy eliminated Wimbledon semi-finalist Sabalenka 7-6 (7/3),
4-6, 6-4 and could capture her first Slam crown on Saturday at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I don’t know how I got that last point in but I’m glad it was and I’m glad I’m in the
finals,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez, a 73rd-ranked left-hander, made Sabalenka her third top-five victim of
the Open, having earlier ousted defending champion Naomi Osaka and fifth-seeded
Not since Serena Williams in 2012 at Wimbledon had a player beaten three rivals
ranked in the top five at a Grand Slam.
When Fernandez meets 150th-ranked Raducanu in the final, it will be the first Slam
final between teens since 17-year-old Williams beat 18-year-old Martina Hingis at the
1999 US Open –– and only the eighth all-teen Slam final in the Open era (since
“I don’t care. I just want to play a final,” Fernandez said. “I’m going to enjoy my
victory and worry about it tomorrow,” Fernandez said.