Emma Raducanu vs Leylah Fernandez: Tennis’ next big stars compared ahead of US Open final

Emma Raducanu reacts after reaching US Open final

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Emma Raducanu is bidding to become the first British woman in 44 years to win a Grand Slam title. The 18-year-old is a surprise finalist at the US Open, and the first-ever qualifier to make it to the title match at a Major. She faces fellow teenager Leylah Annie Fernandez in Saturday’s final, with the world No 73 also an unexpected contender for the title.

The US Open women’s final will see two teenagers face off for the first time since 1999, when a 17-year-old Serena Williams beat 18-year-old Martina Hingis to win her first of 23 Grand Slam titles.

Raducanu and Fernandez have both produced stunning performances to upset top players and make it to what is a maiden Grand Slam final for both players.

The final will be their first official meeting, though Raducanu was victorious during their second-round clash in the 2018 Wimbledon juniors competition, winning 6-2 6-4.

Ahead of the clash, Express Sport takes a look at their respective journeys to the final and how they match up, before the teens take to Arthue Ashe Stadium and compete for the title.

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Coming into the final, Raducanu is yet to drop a set through three qualifying matches and six main-draw matches, beating multiple top 50 opponents and seeds en route, including Shelby Rogers, who knocked out top seed Ash Barty, and recent Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic.

Meanwhile, the Canadian who turned 19 on Monday has come through impressive three-set wins over defending champion Naomi Osaka, 2016 winner Angie Kerber, fifth seed Elina Svitolina and world No 2 Aryna Sabalenka, spending more time on court, though gained direct entry so did not need to play extra qualifying matches.

Emma Raducanu vs Leylah Fernandez in numbers

Head-to-head:

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Time spent on court:

Raducanu – 694 minutes across nine matches (232 minutes across three qualifying matches plus 462 across six main-draw matches).

Fernandez – 765 minutes across six main-draw matches.

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World ranking (before US Open points added):

Raducanu – No 150.

Fernandez – No 73.

Age:

Raducanu – 18-years-old, born November 13 2002.

Fernandez – 19-years-old, born September 6 2002.

Height:

Raducanu – 5’7″ (175cm).

Fernandez – 5’6″ (168cm).

Plays:

Raducanu – Right-handed.

Fernandez – Left-handed.

Career titles:

Raducanu – 0

Fernandez – 1 (2021 Monterrey Open).

Career prize money to date (prior to US Open earnings):

Raducanu – USD$303,376 (£219,282)

Fernandez – USD$786,772 (£568,682)

Grand Slam best (prior to US Open 2021):

Raducanu – Fourth round, Wimbledon 2021.

Fernandez – Third round, Roland Garros 2020.

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