Emma Raducanu reacts after reaching US Open final
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The 18-year-old tennis player has set alight this year’s US Open in New York and today booked her place in the final. The British star, who was raised in Bromley, continued her dream run in Flushing Meadows with a 6-1 6-4 victory over Maria Sakkari in the semi-finals. Raducanu’s historic triumph under the bright lights of the Arthur Ashe Stadium set up a showdown with fellow teen, Leylah Fernandez, on Saturday.
Her entry into the final against the Canadian marks the first time a Grand Slam qualifier – male or female – has reached the last stage of a tournament.
It will also be the first time a British woman has played a Slam singles final in 44 years.
The last woman to do so was Virginia Wade, who won Wimbledon in 1977, and was also present courtside for Raducanu’s semi-final to cheer on her fellow Brit.
Raducanu’s meteoric rise has stunned the world of tennis and captured the hearts of the British public.
Liam Gallagher was among those this summer who could not believe the ferocity of the teen’s performances.
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In a tweet during Raducanu’s incredible run at Wimbledon in July, the former Oasis frontman simply described her “BIBLICAL”.
The singer penned his post as Raducanu cruised into the fourth round with a victory over Sorana Cirstea.
Raducanu’s impressive crusade at SW19 drew to an early close however as she was forced to pull out of her last-16 clash with Ajla Tomljanovic due to “breathing difficulties”.
Another tweet during Wimbledon saw Liam urge the public to “get behind” Raducanu, who he described as a “celestial talent”.
The Mancunian has also been following the US Open as he again took to Twitter to wish Raducanu well this week.
In a tweet today he said: “Can u dig it congratulations to Emma Raducanu c’mon LG.”
Raducanu has drawn plaudits not only for her game but also for her engaging, insightful interviews.
During her post-match press conference after she beat Sakkari, the teen spoke of her disbelief at reaching the final.
She said: “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.
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“To be able to do it and play the best players in the world and beat them, I honestly can’t believe it.
“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.”
Raducanu was also grateful to those who have helped her, including her coach Andrew Richardson.
She added: “It means a lot to be here in this situation. I wanted obviously to be playing Grand Slams, but I didn’t know how soon that would be. To be in a Grand Slam final at this stage of my career… I have no words.
“I just want to thank everyone who has supported me in this journey. I think that from a young age the LTA has taken me under its wing, really helped me out from a young age.
“My team back home and my team that are physically here with me, I wouldn’t be here without them.”
The women’s US Open final will be played on Saturday at 9pm UK time and shown exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
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