Raducanu vs Fernandez – preview, start time and live stream
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The fairytale run in New York continues for Emma Raducanu.
After beating 17th seed Maria Sakkari in the semi-final, the 18-year-old will now face fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez for the chance to lift the US Open title.
In only her second Grand Slam, the British star and LTA Pro-Scholarship Programme player is the first qualifier to ever reach the final of a major tournament in the Open Era. Raducanu and Fernandez are the youngest Grand Slam finalists since Maria Sharapova in 2004.
Find out everything you need to know about Raducanu vs Fernandez in the US Open final, here.
What time does the match start?
Raducanu vs Fernandez will take place on the Arthur Ashe Stadium, starting from 9:00pm BST on 11 September.
Where can you watch?
All coverage of the 2021 US Open is available to watch in the UK on Amazon Prime Video and the final will also be available for free live on Channel 4.
Playing in only her second Grand Slam event, Raducanu has been near faultless on her way to the final. The 18-year-old is yet to drop a set and has only lost 27 games in her five main draw matches.
Her return of serve continues to be one of her biggest strengths – she won 47% of all return points against Sakkari in the semi-finals.
She has backed this up with excellent serving throughout the week as well and was particularly efficient on her second serve in the semi-final, winning 69% of points to her opponent’s 34%.
Raducanu is now the youngest British player to reach a Grand Slam final since 1959 and has beaten top-50 players, Zhang Shuaui, Sara Sorribes Tormo, Shelby Rogers as well as 11th seed Belinda Bencic along the journey.
Fernandez’s run to the US Open final has been nothing short of astounding – defeating three of the top-5 seeds. In the third round, she knocked out the two-time and reigning champion Naomi Osaka in three sets, before going on to beat World No.4 Elina Svitolina in the quarter-final and second seed Aryna Sabalenka in the semis.
Like Raducanu, Fernandez’s ability to handle pressure over the past fortnight has stood her out from the rest of the field. So far, she has won five out of five tie-breaks she’s played, including the deciding set against Svitolina.
Before this week, Fernandez’s best Grand Slam performance came in this year’s French Open, where she reached the third round. The 19-year-old Canadian has a career high ranking of 66, which is sure to rise when the updated rankings are released on Monday.