Sumary of Fernandez, Raducanu, clash for US Open crown:
- TEEN TITANS Leylah Fernandez (right), 19, and Emma Raducanu, 18, react after beating separate rivals during the semifinals of the US Open tennis championships, Thursday (Friday in Manila) in New York.
- AP PHOTOS NEW YORK: Leylah Fernandez and Emma Raducanu are so similar in so many ways: They possess enviable quickness and anticipation.
- Raducanu, an 18-year-old from Britain who is ranked 150th, and Fernandez, a 19-year-old from Canada who is ranked 73rd, took wildly different paths to the championship match at Flushing Meadows on Thursday night.
- Quickly, Raducanu was up 5-0 against French Open semifinalist Sakkari and nothing really changed from there.
- By the end, Raducanu made just 17 unforced errors to Sakkari’s 33 and now is the youngest Slam finalist since Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon at age 17 in 2004.Fernandez isn’t much older – her birthday was last Monday – and she made it through a semifinal filled with momentum swings to edge No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4. .
- Not until later did the 20,000-plus in the stands rally the fist-aloft Fernandez with chants of “Let’s go, Leylah!
- “I’m glad that whatever I’m doing on court, the fans are loving it – and I’m loving it, too,” said Fernandez, the daughter of an Ecuadorian father and Filipino-Canadian mother.
- ” At the end of the first set and again the third, it was Sabalenka, a Wimbledon semifinalist in July, who let things get away from her.