Leylah Fernandez and Emma Raducanu will face off in the US Open final on Saturday.
The two tennis players arrived at the US Open as relative strangers and haven’t played on the pro tour for too long. Both players entered the tournament without a seed.
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Raducanu, 18 from Great Britain, is ranked 150th and is only competing in his second major tournament. She is the first qualifier in the professional age of the sport to reach a Grand Slam final. The Open era began in 1968.
She started playing tennis at the age of 5 and modeled her game on Simona Halep and Li Na. She competed at Wimbledon earlier this year and reached the fourth round before he retired with a health problem.
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Fernandez, 19 from Canada, entered the tournament ranked 73rd and had never made it past the third round in any of the six majors she’s been in. She beat four seeded players en route to the US Open final, including defending champion Naomi Osaka.
In 2019, she participated in junior events. She won the women’s singles final at Roland Garros and became the first Canadian to win a major tournament since Eugenie Bouchard made it to Wimbledon in 2012, according to TSN.
Fernandez won his first WTA Tour title at the Monterrey Open in March.
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Saturday’s final will be the first women’s singles final since the 1999 US Open between Serena Williams and Martina Hingis. At that time, both players were ready to embark on a very successful tennis career. Maybe Fernandez and Raducanu will do the same.