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US Open final: Emma Raducanu faces Leylah Fernandez in bid for first major title in New York

Britain’s Emma Raducanu will take on fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez in the 2021 US Open Final on Saturday night, in a bid to become the first qualifier to win a major.

Raducanu, who originally had flights booked to return home after qualifying, has stunned the field at this year’s US Open and has not dropped a set en route to her first major final.

The five games that she dropped against Mariam Bolkvadze in the second round of qualifying is the most she has conceded in a set so far at Flushing Meadows.

The 18-year-old is the first qualifier in the history of the sport to reach a major final. Wildcards have won majors before but never – in either the men’s or women’s game – has a qualifier made it this far.

The British teenager has not only created history in the sport that she loves, but she’s done it in style too. In the words of tennis commentator and analyst Barry Cowan, Raducanu has got “a certain star quality and game”.

“This is not someone who is just having a dream two weeks and is a one-hit wonder, absolutely not,” Cowan added, when speaking to Sky Sports News.

“Anyone that watches tennis knows that this is someone who is the real deal; she has the full package.

“Even when she’s doing her interviews after matches, whether it’s on court or during the press conferences, she’s so composed. To be able to do that at 18-years-old, it’s not normal!!”

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