The 2021 US Open missed its biggest names. There was no Serena or Venus or Rafa or Roger. But that’s not good because there are Leylah and Emma.
On Saturday, two youngsters – only 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez and 18-year-old Emma Raducanu – will face the Grand Slam crown.
“I think the one word that stands out to me the most is ‘magic’ because it’s not just my speed that’s good and the way I’m playing right now,” Canadian Fernandez said after hitting World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka in three semifinal rounds. “I’m just having fun, trying to do something to make people happy. I’m glad that whatever I do in court, the fans love it and I love it too. I’ll say it’s magical.”
Magic is a good word for them like Laval, Que., Native has been playing fearless, great tennis. They are drawing lines and striking the left hand, the hard work and courage that is seen in two-year-old players. Two weeks ago he sent defender Naomi OsakaAngeloque Kerber, 2016 fifth-seed Elina Svitolina and Number 2 located on Sabalenka at home. That’s a top three crop — two old 1’s – if you don’t keep it.
He is now a government official, confronted by Toronto-born Raducanu. The first qualifier to reach the final of the Grand Slam in the Open Era – yeah, he had to win three matches to make a big show – has not stopped once when he hit Flushing, Queens. On the way he knocked Shelby Rogers (who dropped No. 1 Ash Barty), Belinda Bencic and Maria Sakkari in the last three rounds.
“To be honest, I don’t believe it. Surprised. Crazy. All of the above,” said Raducanu after winning his semis against Sakkari. “But, yes, it means a lot to be here at this time. I want to, like, play the Grand Slams, but I don’t know how soon it will happen. To be in the Grand Slam final at this time is my job, yeah, I have no words.”
The pair, who met in the 2018 Wimbledon Round 16 girls’ game with Raducanu winning 6-2, 6-4, are now on the verge of their first Grand Slam title. Surprisingly, these are the last two to see Fernandez enter the US Open at 73 in the WTA qualifiers while Raducanu turned 150. This is the first two youth meetings in the final since Serena Williams beat Martina Hingis in New York in 1999.
Two years ago, Bianca Andreescu became the first Canada to win a Grand Slam single title. Just two years later, there is a woman shooting at the site of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. He will face a formidable foe at Raducanu. Sporting News will take action as the two youngsters fight for their first Grand Slam title at the end of the 2021 US Open.
Leylah Fernandez Vs. Emma Raducanu results, clear from the end of 2021 US Open women
Raducanu leads 5-3
Raducanu’s rivalry after Fernandez’s shooting hit the tape and became part of his court once. But the Brit (maybe beating the nerves?) Shoots heavily and the game is immersed in the deuce. Then, after the meeting, he hits the backhander in the net and it’s a chance for Fernandez – but he couldn’t change it. Another Raducanu race, and he hits the net. The Canadian fighter fights again and thanks the winner already in line and Raducanu hits the ball in the net, saying: “I’m not done yet.”
Raducanu leads 5-2
Brit is playing tough tennis. Serving to 5-2 wins the game while Fernandez’s backhand takes a long time.
Raducanu leads 4-2
Raducanu hears now as he leads 15-40. The crowd tries to push Fernandez away and he rests once again. But at the next point, Fernandez goes on to play a short ball with Raducanu and the winner who won the front.
Raducanu leads 3-2
The 18-year-old has taken over and the situation is back to normal between two women who play top tennis and high-risk. They are all drawing these lines. He may be young and play the last game in the Grand Slam for the last time, but he has the nerve endings.
Raducanu gets a chance to breathe while his short piece crosses the line. It turns out with a successful backhand return.
Fernandez leads 2-1
Another line that Raducanu can’t get back on the net and now Fernandez has two resting places. But, Brit gets the first comeback when he hits the ball hard and Fernandez can’t shoot. He then sells them on the deuce, and re-enters the trade, two strong Fernandez takes the race but never returns. Fernandez, however, with the crowd behind him, ends up crushing Raducanu to take the lead in the second set.
Fernandez passes 0-40 but continues to play fearlessly. He strikes with his hand near the line that Raducanu is struggling to get back to, the winner of the backhand near the line and burn to send an 18-year-old boy can’t come back to fool himself. Then he gets a chance and in the game Raducanu fails to catch two straight.
Raducanu leads 1-0
Raducanu works easily on five points to start the second phase.
First: Raducano wins 6-4
Raducanu wins 6-4
A great backhand return from Raducanu gives him two break breaks to take the first half. They miss the first opportunity after a long post. He is missing for the second time when he sends a firing squad for Fernandez but is wide open. Raducanu gets another point as Fernandez hits the ball away from the deuce, but returns it immediately with backhand back into the net after serving again. Now his fourth point and he has won the line after the shooting of several courts opened the court.
Raducanu leads 5-4
Both players run into a meeting (fifth round) that ends with Raducanu allowing Fernandez backhander to take longer – and it lasts for about an inch. At the next point, Fernandez sends a long shot and Raducanu is now in the game to open. Reminder: he was not lost when he first qualified.
Some games go to deuce but Fernandez praises his 11th winner of the series. Raducanu, by comparison, has eight winners.
Raducanu leads 4-3
The top scorer on the Raducanu line – he probably sat down when he hit. He hits the pumps and shouts as he takes 40-30 per game. The pair then sell the connections Raducanu before driving Fernandez across the starting line which makes him unable to repay.
They are tied 3-3
Unpleasant game from Raducanu as he has three mistakes that Fernandez made before the tape falls on the net. He raises his hands and smiles as he knows he was lucky there.
Raducanu leads 3-2
Raducanu takes the reins and leads the way with Fernandez riding 0-30.
Fernandez removes Raducanu. He led 40-0 before the Brit took two points; However, the Canadian pirates removed a major task on the line that Raducanu could not do until the start.
Raducanu leads 2-1
Returning to the end after another game goes to several (three) deuces. Raducano had played 19 consecutive league games (since his last game) before facing the pressure to give Fernandez a break.
Raducanu leads 2-0
Fernandez looks nervous as he makes two mistakes to go 0-30 and then hits an unforgettable mistake to give Raducanu three places to rest. But Canadians are back even to deuce. After five deuces, Raducanu comes in his sixth break while Fernandez is unable to return.
Raducanu leads 1-0
Raducanu serves to initiate things. Fernandez wins the first point but Raducanu takes the game with the backhand crosscourt winner.
4:10 pm – Players take the court. Fernandez’s festivities are huge.
3:50 pm – After defeating Elina Svitolina in the final quarter at the 2021 US Open, Fernandez was asked what to feed the Canadian players who played tennis this season. The 19-year-old responded: “I would say it’s a maple medicine.”