Pure history. Big story. At the US Open, among so many striking brands, a historic record was set. Is that the british Emma Raducanu, 18, became the first female or male tennis player to pass the qualifying phase and reach the final of a Grand Slam tournament without losing a single set. Really unforgettable.
Raducanu seeks to make more history for Great Britain and will face 19-year-old Leylah Fernández on Saturday, in what will be the youngest final between the two since the 1999 US Open, 22 years ago, when the American Serena Williams, with 17, defeated the Swiss Martina Hingis, 18.
Raducanu’s record of reaching the final without giving up a set is incredible, as he outscored three opponents in qualifying and then six in the main draw on the concrete of Flushing Meadows. This is how he won the 18 sets he played in his nine games.
Raducanu’s flawless journey at the US Open:
Wheel 1: Bibiane Schoofs (Netherlands) 6-1 and 6-2
Round 2: to Mariam Bolkvadze (Georgia) by 6-3 and 7-5
Round 3: Mayar Sherif (Egypt) 6-1 and 6-4
Wheel 1: Stefanie Voegele (Switzerland) 6-2 and 6-3
Round 2: Shuai Zhang (China) 6-2 and 6-4
Wheel 3: Sara Sorribes Tormo (Spain) 6-0 and 6-1
Round of 16: Shelby Rogers (United States) 6-2 and 6-1
Quarterfinals: Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) by 6-3 and 6-4
Semifinal: Maria Sakkari (Greece) 6-1 and 6-4