Emma Raducanu breaks 44-year record as she storms into US Open final

Don’t miss a thing by getting the Daily Star’s biggest headlines straight to your inbox!

Emma Raducanu once again shocked the world of tennis as she stormed into the final of the US Open with a crushing victory over Maria Sakkari.

The 18-year-old once again refused to be overawed by the occasion on Arthur Ashe Stadium as she comfortably dispatched the 17th seed.

Having come through as a qualifier ranked at 150 in the world, few were expecting Raducanu to make it past the first round.

And she becomes the first ever qualifier to reach the final of a Grand Slam in the Open Era, male or female.

Raducanu's aggressive style served her brilliantly as she regularly served up big shots that Sakkari could do nothing about.

And she rarely looked like being in any danger of not becoming the first female since Virginia Wade in 1977 to reach the singles final of a Grand Slam.

Raducanu will face fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez in Saturday's final in the first all-teenage final since Serena Williams against Martina Hingis in 1999.

And when asked if she drew inspiration from Fernandez's earlier win, she replied: "Honestly today I wasn't thinking about anyone else except for myself.

Can Raducanu go on and win the US Open? Comment down below

  • 10 best sports debuts as Brit teen Emma Raducanu reaches US Open quarter-finals

"While I have the moment I just really want to thank my team, the LTA and everyone back home for their support – I wouldn't be here without it.

"Tonight playing under the lights on Arthur Ashe, it's one of the most iconic things in tennis and I was just so excited to come out here and play in front of you guys. Thank you for coming."

It appears Raducanu is remaining cool, calm and collected ahead of Saturday's final too.

On coping with the expectation of playing in the final, she added: "I mean, is there any expectation? I'm a qualifier, so technic

  • Tennis

Source: Read Full Article