The unthinkable final at the US Open crystallizes


A couple of prodigy girls will face each other tomorrow in the women’s grand final of the last Grand Slam of the year, a scenario that looked unlikely at the start of this event.

Canadian of Ecuadorian descent Leylah Fernández, 19, and the British Emma Raducanu, 18, they managed to beat Aryna Sabalenka and Maria Sakkari, respectively, in the semifinals.

Fernandez earned the admiration of fans by beating the big favorites en route to the final and Raducanu makes history by being the first player to reach a title game after qualifying from the qualifying round.

The Canadian’s poise appears to be infinite, as does her potential. And there is no opponent, regardless of his record or ranking, that it is impossible for him to bend.

Quick in legs and growing in decisive moments, Fernández defeated the Belarusian 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 Sabalenka, the second seeded.

Raducanu has not lost a single set in the entire tournament. AFP / T. Clary

Raducanu, who has not given up a single set in the tournament, overwhelmed Sakkari, number 18 in the world, 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and 23 minutes of play on center court at Flushing Meadows.

This will be the first under-20 Grand Slam final since Serena Williams (17) beat Martina Hingis (18) at the 1999 US Open.

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