The US Open Tennis tournament produced for the first two teenager’s final with their ages below 20. The 18 year-old British phenom, Emma Raducanu who didn’t drop a set en route to the final, completed the run of sterling performance with straights sets victory over Leylah Fernandez of Canada in the final on Saturday.
The British teenager, who was an underdog before the Flushing Meadows started is ranked 150th in the world and was almost an unknown figure in the tennis world. Although, both players had played at the junior Wimbledon tournament in 2018 with Raducanu having an upper hand with straight sets. She also secured a wild card to this year’s Wimbledon, making her Grand Slam debut and this was her first summer of top- level competition.
Fernandez, who ushered the aura of her 19th birthday celebration, this week to this year’s US Open final is ranked 73rd in the world. Just like the British phenom, Raducanu, who now is the first woman from Britain to win a Grand Slam singles since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977, Leylah, had an impressive accolades booking her place in the final Open final too, with her outstanding performance she became the third Canadian to reach the final of Grand Slam in three years following the foot-steps of Bianca Andreescu, who beat Serena Williams in 2019.
The set first started with the teenagers sizing up themselves with display of good tennis, though there was an early jittery moments, but Raducanu got over it early and did lead 2-0. Fernandez, 19year-old Canadian realising the task of the moment quickly scramble back and knot the set at two games.
Obviously, the match now settled into a tense rhythm with zoom shots from both players, which earned points. Now, 4-5 and Fernandez serving, the British Teenager, Raducanu delivered with two crosscourt backhands to secure two set points. But Fernadez did add some impressive moments in the third, but on the fourth the British was on fire using forehand down the line to take the 19th consecutive set.
In the second set, Fernandez attempted to take the first set, but Raducanu responded with forehand and Fernadez did struggle to regain steady play for the first point. The British made some untimely error.
But in the sixth game Raducanu broke through and the tenacity of the match was obviously telling on the nerves of the both players. Having raced to get two match points on Fernandez’s serve. She was back with error bug, to a deuce point and shocking Raducanu was dripping down on the leg at the Flushing Meadows final.
She was attended to and making a return at the Pivotal of the match with bandage on her leg, it absorbed and she went on to finish the US Open with something spectacular. Although, it might have sent some jittery moment in the match, but the British teenager was victorious.
The 18 year-old, Briton who was in blitzing form did ambush the 17th seeded Maria Sakkarri of Greece in the semi-final in two sets 6-1, 6-4. She had also won three matches in the qualifying tournament before the opportunity to be in the main draws. She won nine matches against her opponents without dropping a set en route to her first US Open final in the Open era.
She thanked the crowd at the Arthur Ashe Stadium for their support during the hard times -slight injury that needed to be attended to during the match.
For Fernandez who stunned four top tennis players rated among the top 20 seeded players in the tournament en route to the final, beat Japan’s “Face of Olympics” Naomi Osaka, 2018 US Open Champion in the fourth round and three time Grand Slam winner, Angelique Kerber, She also outshined Elina Svitolina.
Fernandez thanked the New York fans during the trophy ceremony, she did acknowledged the 20th anniversary of September 11 attacks “I hope I can be as strong and as resilient as New York has been the past 20 years,” Leylay said, according to New York Times. “Thank you for always having my back, thank you for always cheering for me.” The Canadian teenager added.
The year’s US Open women final will go down in history as one that two teenagers made the difference playing in the final in the Open