LIVE: Emma Raducanu vs Leylah Fernandez – US Open women’s final: British star looks to cap off fairytale in New York with her first Grand Slam title as she take on fellow teenager
- Emma Raducanu takes centre stage on Saturday night in the US Open final
- The 18-year-old will face fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez for the women’s title
- Raducanu reached the final with a stunning 6-1, 6-4 victory over Maria Sakkari
- Latest US Open news, including live action and results
Emma Raducanu needs to put in just one more performance to clinch the US Open title as she faces the biggest match of her career on Saturday night.
The British 18-year-old makes up half of an all-teenage women’s final in New York – the first in 22 years – and it will be down to Canada’s Leylah Fernandez to stop her.
Raducanu is yet to drop a set but Fernandez has knocked out three top five seeds and so will have no fear heading to the finale.
Follow Sportsmail’s DAN RIPLEY for live US Open coverage of Emma Raducanu vs Leylah Fernandez, including build-up, game-by-game updates and result.
Hamilton is also backing Raducanu, as is England and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford and Match of the Day presenter and England legend Gary Lineker.
Her British compatriot on court, Jo Konta has also sent her best wishes.
Just to get a flavour of how much Raducanu has captured the imagination, no matter what happens this evening she is already favourite to win BBC’s Sports Personality Award at the end of the year – and in an Olympic year and the possibility of Lewis Hamilton becoming a record eight-time world champion in Formula One, that’s quite some competition she is fancied to beat.
According to Betfair, he Canadian born star is now 8/13 favourite to pick up the historic gong, having started the week as far out as 20/1.
From the First Minister of Scotland to the London mayor, Britain will be backing Raducanu to success this evening and many are wishing her well on Twitter.
Even Ant and Dec have an eye on this… although they are nursing their Newcastle team’s defeat against Manchester United earlier which saw the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford.
Joe Salisbury has already won the men’s doubles tournament after defeating Andy Murray’s brother Jamie.
Now the Londoner can add the mixed doubles title to cap a stunning couple of weeks as along with American Desirae Krawczyk (both below after winning) they defeated Mexico’s Giuliana Olmos and El Salvador’s Marcelo Arevalo earlier today in New York.
BORIS BECKER: Emma Raducanu’s movement reminds me of Muhammad Ali – she also floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee… and how she has played has been staggering, making her my slight US Open final favourite
Let’s face it, Boris Becker knows a thing or two about winning major titles as a teenager after winning Wimbledon at the age of just 17.
He actually makes Raducanu favourite this evening! That’s quite an encouraging sign.
MIKE DICKSON: Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez have played with a similar lack of inhibition at the US Open… but the stars have aligned and Brit sensation can carve herself a unique place in our sporting history
Sportsmail’s Mike Dickson will be in New York hoping to witness extraordinary British tennis history, so make sure you give his pre-match preview a read as he encourages Emma to seize the moment.
The kids have been running rings around the stars at the US Open this year, as standing in the way of Raducanu and the US Open title is 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez (below).
Fernandez’s run to the final has been just as remarkable but she will be a narrow favourite this evening despite being ranked 73rd in the world – 77 places higher than Raducanu.
This is Fernandez’s seventh appearance in a Grand Slam since the start of last year but she has already taken out some top stars in New York including Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Aryna Sabalenka and Elina Svitolina.
How Britain served up a smash hit superstar: Emma Raducanu’s recipe for glory was iron will, modesty and a family who believed
So what does it take to become a global star on the court while you are still a teenager? Here is Raducanu’s incredible journey to the top…
In terms of making a splash on the tennis circuit, they don’t come much bigger than this. Before Wimbledon this year she had to feature at any of the four Grand Slams when you factor in the French and Australian Opens too.
But Raducanu impressed at SW19 to reach the fourth round and now in her second ever appearance at a Grand Slam is on the cusp of achieving a lifelong dream.
And she is still just 18…EIGHTEEN! Whatever happens tonight her exploits at Flushing Meadows will never be forgotten.
But here we are and what a start to Saturday night this could turn out to be. Britain’s Emma Raducanu could produce one of the greatest sporting shocks of all time if she wins this evening to clinch a stunning US Open crown. Good evening all and welcome to our live coverage as it happens.
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