Emma Raducanu makes Grand Slam history by reaching US Open final
Emma Raducanu has made Grand Slam history at the US Open by becoming the first ever qualifier to reach a major final.
The 18-year-old faced number 17 seed Maria Sakkari in the semi-final on Arthur Ashe and was dominant from the off as she earned a 6-1, 6-4 win.
Raducanu is playing just her second Grand Slam having only made her WTA debut in July, and she has now cruised to the final of the US Open without even dropping a set.
The final will be an all-teenage affair, with Raducanu set to face 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez.
“Honestly today I wasn’t thinking about anyone else except for myself,” Emma Raducanu said on court afterwards.
“While I have the moment I just really want to thank my team, the LTA and everyone back home for their support – I wouldn’t be here without it.
“Tonight playing under the lights on Arthur Ashe, it’s one of the most iconic things in tennis and I was just so excited to come out here and play.
When asked if she would back herself to deal with the expectation in the final, she added: “Is there any expectation? I’m a qualifier, technically there’s no pressure on me.”
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