Emma Raducanu vs Maria Sakkari LIVE REACTION: Raducanu into US Open FINAL following spectacular straight sets win

EMMA RADUCANU swept aside Maria Sakkari to book a place in the US Open final in New York.

The 18-year-old sensation Raducanu is playing in her FIRST ever US Open tournament.

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And now she is aiming to be the first British female Grand Slam winner since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.

After seeing off 17th seed Sakkari, she will face fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez in the final.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    DEFYING ODDS

    Emma Raducanu's opponent in the US Open final, Leylah Fernandez, has revealed she was told by her teacher to 'stop playing tennis' while she was at school.

    But now the 19-year-old Canadian will play for the chance to be a Grand Slam champion.

    And after her semi-final win, she said: "A lot of people doubted me, my family and my dreams.

    "I remember one teacher, which was actually very funny – at the time it wasn't, but now I'm laughing.

    "She told me to stop playing tennis, you will never make it, and just focus on school."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    STAT ATTACK

    Here's a quick run through of just what 18-year-old Raducanu has achieved in the last few days at Flushing Meadows.

    • Nine matches won (including qualifiers)
    • Yet to drop a set
    • Youngest Grand Slam finalist since 2004
    • Youngest US Open finalist since 1999
    • First qualifier ever to reach a Grand Slam final

    ROCK N ROLL STAR

    Liam Gallagher has taken to social media to congratulate Emma Raducanu on her historic win.

    The former Oasis man tweeted: "Can u dig it congratulations to Emma Raducanu c’mon LG"

    • Thomas Blow

      'HISTORY'

      Martina Navratilova, who won EIGHTEEN Grand Slam titles during her illustrious career, has praised Emma Raducanu.

      She told Amazon Prime: "When you make history you do it at one level or two. Emma is doing it at so many levels.

      "You can't even think about the repercussions. We've been hyping her up but it's happening. She's backing it up."

    • Thomas Blow

      TIM'S PROUD

      Tennis icon Tim Henman has paid tribute to Emma Raducanu for reaching the US Open final.

      He told Amazon Prime: "It's an absolutely staggering performance.

      "If we just look at the way she came out and played, her quality of tennis from start to finish, she was so resilient. She never flinched.

      "She never let up. It was relentless. And then you've got to throw in the scenario of being a qualifier, an 18-year-old, with all the legends who have ever played this game at Grand Slam level.

      "She is the first person to qualify and reach the final. It's simply stunning.

      "She deserves all the credit in the world. On the biggest stage in our sport at every opportunity she plays on her terms. It's incredible to watch.

      "She'll need to enjoy this tonight and then get ready for Saturday."

    • Thomas Blow

      HERO!

      What a performance! Roll on Saturday…

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    • Thomas Blow

      GREG REACTS

      British legend Greg Rusedski, who reached the men's US Open final in 1997, has praised Raducanu for following in his footsteps.

      He told Amazon Prime: "I'm dumbfounded. That performance was worthy of a world No 1, a US Open champion, a multiple Grand Slam champion.

      "The composure, the belief, the handling of the big points. This is her first Grand Slam semi-final and it was like she was playing in the first round. It was astonishing."

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    • Thomas Blow

      WHEN WAS THE LAST ALL-TEENAGE FINAL?

      The last all-teenage Women's Singles final at the US Open was in 1999, when Serena Williams, 17, defeated Martina Hingis, 18.

      Between them, the two players have won TWENTY-EIGHT Grand Slam titles.

      Things are looking good for Emma…

    • Thomas Blow

      HISTORY MAKERS

      Brit Emma Raducanu, 18, is through to the US Open final after a stunning victory against Maria Sakkari.

      She will now face Leylah Fernandez, 19, in an all-teenage final.

      It will also be the first men's or women's Grand Slam final featuring unseeded players since the Open Era began in 1968.

      Wow!

    • Joshua Jones

      WOW. WOW. WOW.

      What a stunning win for Emma Raducanu.

      The 18-year-old swept aside No17 seed Maria Sakkari to book her place in the US Open final.

      On Saturday, she will take on fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez as the two unseeded youngsters put on one final show of what has been an utterly crazy tournament.

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    • Joshua JonesEmma Raducanu through to women’s US Open final after beating Maria Sakkari
    • Joshua Jones

      'NO EXPECTATION'

      "Honestly, the time here in New York has gone so fast. I've taken care of each day. Three weeks later and I'm in the final – I can't believe it.

      "Tim Henman is honestly such a big inspiration, helping me to treat one point at a time, you can't get ahead of yourself.

      "Today I wasn't thinking about anyone else except for myself!

      "I want to thank my team, the LTA and everyone back home. I wouldn't be here without their support.

      "I've had unbelievable support in New York you've made me feel right at home. Playing under the lights on Arthur Ashe is one of the most iconic things in tennis.

      "Is there any expectation? I'm a qualifier so on paper, there's no expectation on me!"

    • Joshua Jones

      HISTORY MAKER

      Emma Raducanu is the first qualifier in history to reach a Grand Slam final – men or women.

      She is also the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam singles final since 1977.

      Here is what she had to say in her on-court interview…

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    • Joshua Jones

      SHE IS THE US OPEN FINAL

      Oh. My. Days.

      What have we just witnessed?!

      The British teenager's beaming smile is back once again.

      She can barely believe what has happened.

      Wow.

    • Joshua Jones

      EMMA RADUCANU HAS DONE IT!

      Raducanu 6-1 6-4 Sakkari

      Strong start from Sakkari who goes on the offensive and Raducanu goes wide. 0-15.

      Forehand return in the net. 15-15.

      Clean forehand winner up the line from Emma. 30-15.

      Huge forehand down the line forces Sakkari to net. 40-15.

      Two. Match. Points.

      DRIVE VOLLEY WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Joshua Jones

      Raducanu* 6-1 5-4 Sakkari

      Raducanu nets before Sakkari produces a strong one-two to tuck a midcourt forehand away no problem.

      Emma mixes things up with a cutting backhand slice which works wonders to get to 30-15 but Sakkari gets very lucky with a let cord that drops over and Raducanu can only flick uncontrollably long.

      Strong serving. Sakkari has done what she can. She forces Raducanu to serve it out…

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    • Joshua Jones

      Raducanu 6-1 5-3 Sakkari*

      Service winner.

      Service winner.

      Huge backhand forcing Sakkari to net. 40-0.

      After two interruptions from spectators shouting out, Raducanu gets the serve in but another pulsating rally ends with a flashing Sakkari forehand winner.

      The Greek gets it back to 40-30 but then loses her focus with a foolish forehand well out to hand over the game.

      Emma Raducanu is one game away from the US Open final…

    • Joshua Jones

      Raducanu* 6-1 4-3 Sakkari

      Emma is talking to herself, keeping calm and in control as she prepares for the first of three break points at 0-40.

      Sakkari does well to save the first after great defence then a huge ace and then…

      OH MY WORD WHAT A RALLY!

      Sensational stuff from both players with drop shots, lobs, smashes and drive volleys which Sakkari eventually wins for deuce.

      But Raducanu is back in the zone with a forehand return to set up another break point… but Sakkari saves a fourth!

      At deuce, Raducanu goes just wide with a forehand up the line but it's back to deuce thanks to a vintage backhand return as the clock for this game goes beyond seven minutes.

      Sakkari nets down the middle of the court for break point No5 – but a 99mph second serve and a neat backhand volley level things up.

      Two back-to-back service winners see the game out for Sakkari and she remains within touching distance.

    • Joshua Jones

      Raducanu 6-1 4-2 Sakkari*

      15-0.

      30-0.

      40-0.

      Game.

      Perfect stuff from Emma after missing out on the break last time. Such maturity.

    • Joshua Jones

      Raducanu* 6-1 3-2 Sakkari

      Sakkari simply cannot deal with the heat coming off the Raducanu backhand – that shot is on fire tonight, forcing more errors from the Greek.

      At 15-15, the pressure of what is coming back sees the 17th seed double fault.

      And then at 15-30, a poor drop shot sinks into the net to bring up two break points.

      Raducanu misses the first with a forehand long and then a mishit after a long rally – which included a let cord for Sakkari – get it back to deuce.

      A 112mph ace down the T and a Raducanu backhand in the net seals the hold – that could be a massive moment in this match.

      Huge hold.

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    • Joshua Jones

      Raducanu 6-1 3-1 Sakkari*

      Ideal start to the game with that sliding wide serve again from Raducanu – but then a double.

      The backhand down the line delivers the goods at 15-15, following it in before whipping the ball away.

      Sakkari tries to close the net but the approach is not good enough – and Emma fizzes it past with a cross-court backhand then holds with a service winner.

    • Joshua Jones

      Raducanu* 6-1 2-1 Sakkari

      Up 0-15, Raducanu squanders a chance by snatching a backhand return wide – that could easily have been 0-30.

      Next point? Backhand return winner. Wow. Perfectly dispatched in emphatic fashion.

      A wild forehand from Sakkari booms well over the baseline for two break points… and another mishit forehand gifts the break to Emma.

      Set and a break.

    • Joshua Jones

      Raducanu 6-1 1-1 Sakkari*

      The No17 seed is certainly not going anywhere any time soon.

      But Raducanu knows that and is in no mood to let this grip slip – especially when she cuts away another dreamy volley.

      A first double fault from the Brit puts the pressure on at 30-30 but two Sakkari misses seal the game for Emma.

    • Joshua Jones

      Raducanu* 6-1 0-1 Sakkari

      Just what the Greek needed.

      Better all round, strong serving.

      A love service game to kickstart the second set.

    • Joshua Jones

      GAME AND FIRST SET, RADUCANU!

      Raducanu 6-1 Sakkari*

      The first rally of the game is the longest of the match so far at 17 shots – power and depth from both players before Sakkari goes long.

      Emma sends one well long on the next point for 15-15, an uncharacteristic mistake, but gets back in front with the wide serve working a treat once more.

      A backhand return goes into the net and after 36 minutes Raducanu has two set points…

      She just needs one! Another wide serve, another missed return.

      WHAT. A. SET.

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