• September 27, 2021

Exclusive: Record-breaking Brit stands of brink of greatness as she becomes first qualifer EVER to reach Grand Slam final

 Exclusive: Record-breaking Brit stands of brink of greatness as she becomes first qualifer EVER to reach Grand Slam final


Emma Raducanu has become the first qualifier ever to reach the final of a Grand Slam event.

The 18-year-old from Bromley 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

It is an incredible achievement from Raducanu, who 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 get to a Slam final.

She 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 was ranked No 10 in Britain and No 338 in the world at the start of Wimbledon.

She will now become the British number 1 and break into the world’s top 35 having broken an array of records with her stunning run in New York.

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