Teens Take Hold of U.S. Open

September 10, 2021 Teens Take Hold of U.S. Open

By: Carlos Alvarez

Emma Raducanu & Leylah Fernandez Knock Off Ranked Opponents to Reach U.S. Open Finals

The teenage takeover continues! Two unranked youngsters, Emma Raducanu (18) and Leylah Fernandez (19), are heading to a historic U.S. Open final. Raducanu and Fernandez shocked the world on Thursday in Flushing Meadows with gutsy wins in the semifinals. Raducanu steamrolled (17) Maria Sakkari in straight sets before Fernandez escaped (2) Aryna Sabalenka in a three-set thriller. Raducanu hasn’t dropped a set in the entire tournament, and she had 100-1 odds to win it when the U.S. Open began. Fernandez was a 200-1 longshot.


Young stars have been taking over women’s tennis throughout recent years, from Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff to Bianca Andreescu and Iga Swiatek —all under the age of 24. Raducanu and Fernandez could be next, and one will win their first grand slam on Saturday.


Women’s Semifinals Highlights

E. Raducanu def. (17) M. Sakkari (6-1, 6-4)

L. Fernandez def. (2) A. Sabalenka (7-6, 4-6, 6-4)


Men’s Semifinals Schedule (Today)

(2) D. Medvedev vs. (12) F. Auger-Aliassime (3:00 pm ET)

(1) N. Djokovic vs. (4) A. Zverev (7:00 pm ET)


Additional Storylines

The Guardian: Emma Raducanu Roars Past Sakkari to Set Up US Open Final With Fernandez

WaPo: Djokovic Takes Grand Slam Bid Into US Open Semifinals


Photo: TPN / Getty Images