Emma Raducanu needs to put in just one more performance to clinch the US Open title as she faces the biggest match of her career on Saturday night.
The British 18-year-old makes up half of an all-teenage women’s final in New York – the first in 22 years – and it will be down to Canada’s Leylah Fernandez to stop her.
Raducanu is yet to drop a set but Fernandez has knocked out three top five seeds and so will have no fear heading to the finale.
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And her opponent…
The kids have been running rings around the stars at the US Open this year, as standing in the way of Raducanu and the US Open title is 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez (below).
Fernandez’s run to the final has been just as remarkable but she will be a narrow favourite this evening despite being ranked 73rd in the world – 77 places higher than Raducanu.
This is Fernandez’s seventh appearance in a Grand Slam since the start of last year but she has already taken out some top stars in New York including Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Aryna Sabalenka and Elina Svitolina.
How Britain served up a smash hit superstar: Emma Raducanu’s recipe for glory was iron will, modesty and a family who believed
So what does it take to become a global star on the court while you are still a teenager? Here is Raducanu’s incredible journey to the top…
Emma Raducanu’s recipe for glory was will and a family who believed
Emma Raducanu’s parents Ian and Renee Raducanu, who live in Bromley, London, have remained incognito but they have been hugely influential in their daughter’s journey.
The rapid rise of Emma Raducanu
In terms of making a splash on the tennis circuit, they don’t come much bigger than this. Before Wimbledon this year she had to feature at any of the four Grand Slams when you factor in the French and Australian Opens too.
But Raducanu impressed at SW19 to reach the fourth round and now in her second ever appearance at a Grand Slam is on the cusp of achieving a lifelong dream.
And she is still just 18…EIGHTEEN! Whatever happens tonight her exploits at Flushing Meadows will never be forgotten.
I don’t think any of us expected such a finale to the US Open
But here we are and what a start to Saturday night this could turn out to be. Britain’s Emma Raducanu could produce one of the greatest sporting shocks of all time if she wins this evening to clinch a stunning US Open crown. Good evening all and welcome to our live coverage as it happens.