The extraordinary tournament of the eighteen year old British Emma Raducanu, number 150 of the latest WTA rankings, who in New York defeated Stefanie Voegele, Shuai Zhang, Sara Sorribes Tormo, Shelby Rogers and Belinda Bencic without losing a set, comes to the final after the wins in the semifinal over Maria Sakkari.
The Toronto-born player, for the first time in the final in a Grand Slam event, is already certain to arrive next Monday close to the top 50 tennis players in the world. Speaking of the very young Brit, Mats Wilander, former world number one and champion at Flushing Meadows in 1988, established a courageous comparison with Serbian Novak Djokovic.
Mats said: "We should start talking about his serve, because doing it that way at 18 years-old is very unusual.
Mats Wilander: "Emma Raducanu reminds me of Novak Djokovic"
She has great intelligence in knowing how to serve, plus the power and spin he gives to the ball are not normal.
Her mobility is also incredible, especially on the backhand side. She always hits the ball with the center of the racket and she is very flexible and agile in her movements, she reminds me a lot of the Serbian Novak Djokovic."
The words of the former Swedish champion were released at TennisHead. Raducanu will see it in a few hours with the Canadian Leylah Fernandez, who in the previous match beat Aryna Sabalenka woth the final score of 7-6 4-6 6-4.
Leylah Annie Fernandez is the first finalist of the US Open 2021. The very young Canadian defeated Aryna Sabalenka in three sets, with the final score of 7-6 (4) 4-6 6-4, showing a skilful management of pressure, playing with a very effective tennis, but also very intelligent in the clutch moments of the challenge.
Leylah took her third win against a top 5 in this tournament and became the youngest Grand Slam finalist since Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004. Fernandez vs Raducanu will be the coolest and most incredible challenge seen in recent years.
The women's US Open will meet a new Grand Slam champion, as already happened this year at the Roland Garros. In the men's field, however, Nole Djokovic’s feat is getting closer and closer, with only two matches missing to complete the Grand Slam (it would be the first time since 1969).