Emma Raducanu Leylah Fernandez US Open 2021

Where does Emma Raducanu vs Leylah Fernandez rank among youngest ever Slam finals?

Teen sensations Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez have both forged history with their US Open runs, and the final is no different in that regard.

Both women have completely shocked the tennis world with their incredible runs to the final in New York.

Raducanu came through qualifying for the tournament and has won nine straight matches and 18 consecutive sets.

Fernandez has dispatched two former US Open champions and three top-10 players to reach the championship match.

The age of both competitors is a rarity in modern Slam history, making for one of the youngest Major finals ever.

At a combined age of just 37 years and 10 months, Raducanu and Fernandez are together younger than 23-time Slam champion Serena Williams.

It also means that the two are set to contest the fourth youngest Slam final in history. Third place is held by Serena Williams and Martina Hingis, who contested the 1999 US Open final at a combined age of just under 37 years.

Second place belongs to the 1988 French Open final between Stefi Graf and Natasha Zvereva, with a combined age of 36 years and one month.

The youngest ever Slam final took place in 1997 between Venus Williams and Martina Hingis. Williams was just 17, while Hingis was even younger at 16. The two women had a combined age of just 34 years and two months.

Whichever woman triumphs between Raducanu and Fernandez, they will be the youngest women’s Slam champion since that 1997 US Open, where Hingis came out the victor.

Overall, Rafael Nadal was just days younger than Fernandez when he won the 2005 French Open for his first Slam title.

Fellow teen Slam champion Monica Seles and Tracy Austin were watching on over the semi-finals in Arthur Ashe Stadium, many would count on them being there to witness more history come the final.


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