The storm of teenagers finally blew to the finals. In the women’s singles final of the 2021 US Open tennis tournament (total prize of $57.5 million, about 67.3 billion won), Leyla Fernandes (73rd, Canada) of the same age, born in 2002, and Emma Raduccanu (150th, England) faced off.
Fernandes reached the final first. In the women’s singles semifinal held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, USA on the 10th, Fernandes played Arina Savalenka (2nd place Belarus) 2-1 (7-6 <7-3> 4) after 2 hours and 21 minutes. -6 6-4) defeated. Radukanu also joined the finals. Radukanu advanced to the final by beating Maria Sakari (18th, Greece) 2-0 (6-1 6-4).
This marked the first time in 22 years since the 1999 US Open that the ‘Teenagers’ faced off in the final. In the 1999 US Open women’s singles event, Serena Williams (USA), then 17 years and 11 months old, defeated Martina Hingis (Switzerland), then 18 years 11 months, 2-0 (6-3 7-6 <7-4>). The two finals will start at 5 a.m. on the 12th in Korea time.
Fernandes and Radukanu met once as juniors. In the 2018 Wimbledon Junior Women’s Singles event, Radukanu won 2-0 (6-2 6-4). Fernandez’s 19th birthday was on the 6th, and Radukanu was born in November 2002, so he is 18 years and 10 months old. She is the youngest woman to reach the major women’s singles final since Maria Sharapova (Russia), who reached the Wimbledon final in 2004 at the age of 17.
Whoever wins, Fernandez or Raducano, will become the youngest woman’s singles winner in 22 years since Williams in 1999. The record for the youngest women’s singles win at the US Open is 16 years and 9 months, achieved by Tracy Austin (USA) in 1979, and Martina Hingis (Switzerland) at the Australian Open in 1997 at 16 years and 4 months in all majors.
Fernandes won after three close matches in four consecutive matches from the third round to the semi-finals of this tournament, and Radukanu, who participated in the preliminary round of this tournament, was contrasted by performing a zero-set streak for nine consecutive games. Fernandes defeated Naomi Osaka (3rd place, Japan) in the third round, Angelique Kerber (17th place, Germany) in the round of 16, and was ranked in the top 5 including Quarterfinals Elena Svitolina (5th place, Ukraine) and Quarterfinals Savalenka. ‘ He was nicknamed ‘Giant Killer’ by eluding three of the players. Against this, Radukanu became the first player in men’s and women’s singles history to set the record for a player who passed the preliminaries to advance to the finals.
In junior career, Fernandes leads. She won the French Open Junior Women’s Singles Championship in 2019 and also won the Women’s Professional Tennis (WTA) Tour Singles once this year. I did not have the opportunity to participate in foreign junior competitions while studying until the summer.”
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