Qualifier Emma Raducanu, 18, has admitted that she has not dealt with the same pressure as some other players have at the US Open but she doesn't believe that's the main reason why she has made the US Open final. Raducanu, ranked at No.
150 in the world, cruised past world No. 18 Maria Sakkari 6-4 6-1 to make her maiden Grand Slam final. In the final, Raducanu will meet 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez. Many believe that not dealing with so much pressure has been the key in Raducanu and Fernadez's run to the US Open final.
"I think honestly being young, there is an element of you do play completely free. But I'm sure that when I'm older or have more experience, yeah, the same will happen to me. I think the tables will turn. Some younger players will come through," Raducanu said.
"Honestly right now I'm just thinking of the game plan, how to execute. That's what's landed me in this situation. It hasn't been focusing on who's expected to win this match or that one. I think it's just taking care of the day.
That's what I'm doing quite well at the moment."
Raducanu and Fernandez have a similar background
Both Raducanu and Fernandez have an Asian mother, they were born in Canada and then moved to a different country, As a kid, Raducanu looked up to former Chinese tennis player Li Na.
"Yeah, I think for me having a Chinese mom, she definitely instilled from a young age hard work, discipline. I think for me when I was younger I would take a lot of inspiration from Li Na, even now just the way she was such a fierce competitor," Fernandez noted.
"I think all her belief, she had extremely good weapons, her movement, her mentality, but her inner strength and belief really stood out for me. I remember watching her play Schiavone in French Open final. That was definitely a long, tough match. But the amount of mental strength and resilience she showed, that match still sticks in my head today."