Emma Raducanu reacts after reaching US Open final
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Emma Raducanu stormed to the final of the US Open on Thursday night as she defeated Greece’s Maria Sakkari in straight sets in New York. The Briton cruised through the first set to win it 6-1, before winning the second set 6-4.
The victory saw Raducanu become the first qualifier in the Open era to reach the final of a major tournament.
The 18-year-old is also the youngest Grand Slam finalist since Maria Sharapova reached the Wimbledon showpiece event in 2004.
But Raducanu’s appearance in the US Open final will be a bittersweet experience after it emerged that mum Renee and dad Ian will not be in attendance due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions.
“It’s not possible, because you need a waiver and it takes a couple weeks for approval,” she said ahead of her semi-final.
“It’s too late and they won’t be able to get one.”
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The teenage sensation, who grew up in Bromley, has been in remarkable form throughout the tournament and hasn’t dropped a set during her run to the final.
She is yet to be seriously tested by any of her opponents and is now just one match away from achieving the unthinkable.
Saturday’s final will be an all-teenager affair after 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez booked her place by defeating Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka.
Fernandez has endured a more tumultuous route to the final, with the Canadian needing three sets to overcome four of her six opponents.
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“I knew I had some sort of level inside of me that was similar to these girls, but I didn’t know if I was able to maintain it over a set or over two sets,” Raducanu said after her semi-final victory.
“It’s been extremely difficult because they always fight – they have so much experience which they use.
“I’m just so, so proud to have come through very tough moments in all of my matches.
“To be able to do it and play the best players in the world and beat them, I honestly can’t believe it.
“The time here in New York has gone so fast. I’ve just been taking care of each day and before you know it, three weeks later, I’m in the final and I can’t actually believe it.
“Playing under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, it’s honestly one of the most iconic things in tennis.
“I was just so excited to come out and play for you guys so thank you so much for coming.”
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