Tennis: Fearless teenagers Fernandez, Raducanu a win away from glory

10/9/2021 5:13:00 PM

Tennis: Fearless teenagers Fernandez, Raducanu a win away from glory

Tennis: Fearless teenagers Fernandez, Raducanu a win away from glory

NEW YORK : Leylah Fernandez and Emma Raducanu will clash in one of the most improbable U.S. Open finals on Saturday, the teenagers' fearless tennis bringing them to the cusp of becoming the sport's newest major champion.Their title clash under the lights at the Arthur Ashe Stadium will be the first major

LinkedIn NEW YORK : Leylah Fernandez and Emma Raducanu will clash in one of the most improbable U.LinkedIn NEW YORK : U.LinkedIn NEW YORK : An Olympic champion and two former Grand Slam winners have been no match for teenagers Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez, who are both one win away from reaching the U.LinkedIn NEW YORK :British teen Emma Raducanu became the first qualifier to reach a Grand Slam final by beating Greece's Maria Sakkari 6-1 6-4 in her U.

S.Open finals on Saturday, the teenagers' fearless tennis bringing them to the cusp of becoming the sport's newest major champion.Open semi-finalists Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez must be protected from the hype and pressure that the teenagers are likely to encounter in the coming months after their New York heroics, Olympic champion Belinda Bencic said on Wednesday.Their title clash under the lights at the Arthur Ashe Stadium will be the first major final in the Open Era in either the men's and women's game to feature two unseeded players.Briton Raducanu, 18, became the first qualifier to reach the final four at Flushing Meadows after outplaying Tokyo Games gold medallist Belinda Bencic on Wednesday.Canadian Fernandez, who turned 19 this week, was ranked 73rd coming into the hardcourt Grand Slam while 18-year-old Briton Raducanu was 150th in the women's rankings.A day earlier, 19-year-old Canadian Fernandez, who had taken out four-times major champion Naomi Osaka in the third round and three-times Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber in the fourth, outlasted fifth seed Elina Svitolina https://www.But with no burden of expectation on their shoulders, the duo have showcased a brand of fearless tennis at Flushing Meadows that has endeared them to the fans and helped them chart a path to the showpiece match."Honestly, the time here in New York has gone so fast," she said.

"They are both young.com/lifestyle/sports/fearless-fernandez-holds-nerve-reach-us-open-semi-finals-2021-09-07 to reach the semis.She deserves to be here," said Sakkari, who beat three top-10 seeds in Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova and Bianca Andreescu to reach the last four.They play fearless.They have nothing to lose playing against us," said Greek Maria Sakkari, who bowed out in the semi-finals with a straight-sets loss to qualifier Raducanu.."I have to give credit to both of them, both of the young girls, that they take their chances." Raducanu, who reached the fourth round of Wimbledon in July, could become the first qualifier to reach a Grand Slam final, where she may come up against Fernandez, a player she knows well.They're out there fighting for that title.for tennis."Since I've been in New York for my first round qualies match I've had unbelievable support in New York and you guys have made me feel right at home," she said.

Very well done to both for getting here." Saturday's final will be the first tour-level meeting between them but the pair previously clashed in the second round of the 2018 Wimbledon juniors when Raducanu won 6-2 6-4."I just really hope everyone will protect them and will hope the best for them and not try to.I played her in Junior Wimbledon, actually.It will also mark the first Grand Slam final to be contested by two teenagers since Serena Williams and Martina Hingis met in the 1999 U.S..Open title clash.Open after having played each other from the early days, it's very cool to see just how far we've come.

NATURAL GIFT "With Raducanu and with Leylah Fernandez, they know how to win..They know how to stay calm in the most important moments," said Eurosport tennis expert and seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander."They have a natural gift of not panicking, and that's amazing.put so much pressure and so much hype around them so it gets too much.Open where she has ousted former winners Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber.I can't even explain it." The first British woman to reach a major final since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977, Raducanu can jump to 24th in the rankings with her first title while the left-handed Fernandez can make her top 20 debut by winning the U." British sports personalities from Andy Murray to Marcus Rashford had rallied to the defence of Raducanu in July after suggestions she quit her debut Wimbledon because she could not handle the pressure in her fourth-round clash.

S.We've always joked around that we're going to be on the big stage together.Open.The 150th-ranked Raducanu suggested her ability to stay calm and her mental strength was thanks to her upbringing and added she was also not too focused on her achievements.The Briton has, however, had a less arduous path to the final.She has not dropped a set in her nine matches at Flushing Meadows to become the first qualifier - in men's and women's tennis - to reach a major final."I'm not here to chase any records right now..In contrast, Fernandez has had to conjure every ounce of her fighting spirit to move past the heavyweights of women's tennis and be in a position to give Canada its second U.

S.I haven't even started thinking about the next one yet.Open women's title in three years after Bianca Andreescu's 2019 triumph.Sabalenka, four years older than Fernandez, is looking forward to taking on the crowd favourite.The Canadian had to defeat three top-five players and a multiple major winner in her last four matches - all in three sets - to book her spot in the final."Raducanu and Fernandez play very similar in a way.If Fernandez was right-handed you wouldn't see much difference in their styles."She's fighting for every point.

They are pretty close in how they play," added Wilander.(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; Editing by Ken Ferris) Source: Reuters.

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