Leylah Fernandez vs Emma Raducanu live score, results, US Open 2021 highlights
Some of its biggest names were missing the US Open 2021. There was neither Serena, nor Venus, nor Rafa, nor Roger. But that’s okay because there are Leylah and Emma.
On Saturday, the two teenagers – Leylah Fernandez, who just turned 19 and Emma Raducanu, 18 – will face off for the Grand Slam crown.
“I think a word that really stuck with ‘magic’ to me because not only is my run really good, but also the way I’m playing right now,” said Canadian Fernandez after beating world number 2. Aryna Sabalenka in three sets. in the semi-finals. “I’m just having fun, I’m trying to produce something for the audience. I’m glad whatever I do on the court the fans love it and I love it too. We ‘I’ll say that’ is magic. “
Magic is certainly a good word for this, as the Laval, Que. Native has played fearless and far-reaching tennis. She drew lines with whipped left-handed forehands, solid serve plays and a tenacity seen in players twice as old. In the past two weeks, she sent defending champion Naomi Osaka, 2016 champion Angélique Kerber, fifth seed Elina Svitolina and Sabalenka ranked n ° 2 residence. That’s three top 5 seeds – two former No.1s – if you didn’t keep track.
Today, she is the oldest statesman, facing Raducanu, born in Toronto and raised in Britain. The first qualifier to reach a Grand Slam final in the open era – yes, she had to win three games to make the main draw – hasn’t lost a single set since knocking out Flushing, Queens. Along the way she hit Shelby Rogers (who knocked down No.1 Ash Barty), Belinda Bencic and Maria Sakkari in the last three rounds.
“Honestly, I just can’t believe it. A shock. Crazy. All of the above,” Raducanu said after winning his semi-finals against Sakkari. “But, yeah, it means a lot to be here in this situation. I obviously wanted to, like, play Grand Slam, but I didn’t know what time it would be. Being in a Grand Slam final at this point in my time. career, yes, I have no words. “
The pair, who actually met in the women’s singles round of 16 at Wimbledon in 2018 with Raducanu winning 6-2, 6-4, are now on the precipice of their first-ever Grand Slam title. Shockingly, these are the last two standing as Fernandez entered the US Open ranked 73rd in the WTA singles standings while Raducanu came in 150th. It is the first meeting of two teenage girls in the final since Serena Williams defeated Martina Hingis in New York in 1999.
Two years ago, Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title. Barely two years later, another woman storms the grounds of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. She will face a tough opponent in Raducanu. Sporting News gets all the action as the two teens battle it out for their first Grand Slam title in the 2021 US Open final.
Leylah Fernandez vs Emma Raducanu results, 2021 US Open women’s final highlights
First set: Raducano wins 6-4
Raducanu wins 6-4
A big backhand crossover return from Raducanu gave him two break point chances to win the first set. She misses the first chance after sending a long groundstroke. She misses the second as she sends a running lob on Fernandez but wide. Raducanu gets another set point as Fernandez kicks the ball long to two, but she returns it straight away with a backhand return into the net after a second serve. Now her fourth set point and she comes up with a winner right down the line after a few cross shots opened up the pitch.
Raducanu leads 5-4
Both players on the run in a rally (fifth point) that ends with Raducanu letting a Fernandez backhand go long – and he sails an inch long perhaps. At the next point, Fernandez sends a long forehand and Raducanu is just one game away from winning the first set. Reminder: she has not lost a set since the start of qualifying.
Another match is a draw but Fernandez holds on thanks to his 11th set winner. Raducanu, by comparison, has eight winners.
Raducanu leads 4-3
A big forehand winner right down the line for Raducanu – she might have taken off when she hit him. She pumps her fist and yells at as she takes a 40-30 lead in the game. The pair then trade groundstrokes before Raducanu runs Fernandez over the baseline, preventing him from recovering the forehand.
Sloppy play by Raducanu as she has three unforced errors before Fernandez’s point of play hits the board and falls just over the net. She puts her hands up and smiles because she knows she was lucky there.
Raducanu leads 3-2
Raducanu holds on and regains the lead after Fernandez progresses from 0 to 30.
Fernandez holds Raducanu back. She was leading 40-0 before the Briton grabbed two points; However, the fiery Canadian got a big serve on the line that Raducanu couldn’t handle until the first set.
Raducanu leads 2-1
Returning to serve after another game, there are several ties (three). Raducano had played 19 service games in a row (dating back to his semi-final game) before making a direct backhand error to give Fernandez the break.
Raducanu leads 2-0
Fernandez looks nervous as she double faults to bow 0-30, then hits an unforced error on the forehand to give Raducanu three break points. But the Canadian mounts a return tied at two. After five ties, Raducanu reaches his sixth breaking point as Fernandez cannot handle the comeback.
Raducanu leads 1-0
Raducanu used to start things. Fernandez wins the first point but Raducanu wins the opener with a cross backhand winner.
4:10 p.m. – The players take the field. Fernandez’s cheers are slightly louder.
3:50 p.m. – After her quarter-final victory over Elina Svitolina at the 2021 US Open, Fernandez was asked what they nurture the Canadian players who make them play such inspiring tennis. The 19-year-old replied, at the right time: “I would say it’s maple syrup.”