Record-breaking Brit stands on brink of incredible triumph as she becomes first qualifer EVER to reach a Grand Slam final

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British sensation Emma Raducanu has become the first qualifier ever – male or female – to reach the final of a Grand Slam event.

The 18-year-old from Orpington blew away Greek 17th seed Maria Sakkari in their semi-final at the US Open, winning 6-1, 6-4 in under 90 minutes.

Raducanu is on the cusp of an incredible Grand Slam triumph

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Raducanu is on the cusp of an incredible Grand Slam triumph

She could barely believe it as he secured an incredible victory

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She could barely believe it as he secured an incredible victory

It is an incredible achievement from Raducanu, who was ranked No 10 in Britain and No 336 in the world at the start of Wimbledon and is playing in just her second Grand Slam event.

She is the first British woman in 44 years – since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977 – to reach a Grand Slam final.

Raducanu will meet another unseeded player, 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez, in the showpiece at Flushing Meadows on Saturday night around 9pm UK time.

It will be the first Grand Slam final between two teenagers since the 1999 US Open, when Serena Williams beat Martina Hingis.

The youngster is a phenomenon and is just one win from British sporting greatness

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The youngster is a phenomenon and is just one win from British sporting greatness

Semi-final opponent Sakkari had no answer to the brilliance of Raducanu

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Semi-final opponent Sakkari had no answer to the brilliance of Raducanu

Raducanu will now become the British number 1 and at the very least reach the world’s top 35 having broken an array of records with her stunning run in New York.

She has not dropped a single set on her way to the final at Flushing Meadows and simply blew away her more experienced opponent, Sakkari, in their semi-final with a stunning performance that belied belief at times.

Raducanu has achieved the following feats:

  • The first qualifier – man or woman – to reach a Grand Slam final
  • The first British woman to reach a Grand Slam final in 44 years
  • The first British woman to reach a US Open final in 53 years
  • The youngest British player to reach a Grand Slam final in 62 years

Raducanu had her hands on his head at the end as she realised what she had achieved

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Raducanu had her hands on his head at the end as she realised what she had achieved

Should she triumph in the final, Raducanu will become the first British female winner at the US Open since Wade in 1968.

She is guaranteed a cheque for $1.25m (£900k) for reaching the final – and could bank $2.5m (£1.8m) if she wins.

Incredibly she has not lost a set en route to the final and has dropped just 27 games in her six matches.

Emma Raducanu is on the brink of sporting history

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Emma Raducanu is on the brink of sporting history

Raducanu said on court: “Honestly the time here in New York has gone so fast. I’ve just been taking care of each day and three weeks later I’m in final. I can’t actually believe it.

“Today I wasn’t thinking about anyone else except for myself. While I have the moment I want to thank my team and the LTA and everyone at home for all their support.

“Since I’ve been here from the first round of the quallies I’ve had unbelievable support.”

As for her chances in the final? “Is there any expectation? I’m a qualifier so technically there’s no pressure on me,” she added.

What a superstar.





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