Meet the juniors set to make history on Tuesday

Britain’s Emma Raducanu and Switzerland’s Leylah Fernandez will make history on Tuesday, when they face off in the final of the U.S. Open under the lights at Flushing Meadows. With no senior titles among…

Meet the juniors set to make history on Tuesday

Britain’s Emma Raducanu and Switzerland’s Leylah Fernandez will make history on Tuesday, when they face off in the final of the U.S. Open under the lights at Flushing Meadows.

With no senior titles among her only five WTA titles, 16-year-old Raducanu has stunned the tennis world so far in New York. The Scot reached the Wimbledon junior final last summer, before reaching this year’s final in her tender years. She defeated another 16-year-old, China’s Wang Yafan, in the fourth round.

She also knocked out Russia’s Daria Kasatkina, which some people might have thought improbable at a record-equalling number of 18.

You may also have wondered how Fernandez, also 16, got to the final after an injury disrupted her campaign at Wimbledon, on which she failed to make it past the second round. But she fought her way through a seeding of 209 to make the last four at the U.S. Open. That nearly led to a matchup with Raducanu, but Fernandez was forced to withdraw with a knee injury after a poor first set against No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals.

Now, the Swiss teen is looking to add a title in the prime of her career to a list of victories in her training camps at Tandil and Stansted.

Fernandez and Raducanu will face off on Louis Armstrong Stadium on Tuesday at around 11 p.m. ET.

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