Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez face-off for US Open crown TOMORROW: Everything to know, including start time, how to watch and the prize money on offer
- Emma Raducanu could bag her first Grand Slam title on Saturday evening
- The 18-year-old is into the US Open final after beating Maria Sakkari in New York
- Leylah Fernandez, 19, is her opponent after overcoming Aryna Sabalenka
- Sportsmail outlines how you can follow the action in this evening’s spectacle
Emma Raducanu is on the brink of Grand Slam glory at just 18-years-old, with only Leylah Fernandez left standing between the British teen and the US Open title.
The debutant is the first qualifier ever to reach the final in New York, having played nine matches without dropping a set on her blazing journey to worldwide stardom.
Thanks to Fernandez there have been teen stars on either side of the draw pumping life back into women’s tennis. The Canadian hasn’t brushed-off her opponents in the ruthless ease of Raducanu, but has instead been the tournament’s giant-killer.
World No.3 Naomi Osaka, the defending champion, was seen-off in the third round before triple Slam winner Angelique Kerber and No 5-ranked Elina Svitolina followed.
Fernandez was as obscure a name as Raducanu at the start of this season, but she has been catapulted to the big-time and to the brink of her first Slam too.
With the highly-anticipated match-up swiftly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Emma Raducanu is one match away from her first Grand Slam title in the US Open final
Leylah Fernandez, just a year older than Raducanu at 19, is her opponent in the New York clash
When is Emma Raducanu vs Leylah Fernandez?
Raducanu and Fernandez will face-off on Saturday, September 11.
The final will be held at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, with the teenage rivals set to emerge at 21:00 BST before play gets underway.
How to watch the match
Raducanu vs Fernandez will be available to watch on Amazon Prime Video for those in the UK and Ireland, as has been the case for the tournament in its entirety. However, there could be a new option.
Amazon are considering making the match free-to-air, meaning they could partner with a broadcaster such as the BBC to show the match.
The BBC have already announced they have secured highlights of the match, but won’t be able to show them until Sunday afternoon.
Sportsmail will also be running a live blog, so tune-in with us to keep up to date.
Routes to the final
Round 1: 6-2 6-3 vs Stefanie Vogele
Round 2: 6-2 6-4 vs Zhang Shuai
Round 3: 6-0 6-1 vs Sara Sorribes Tormo
Last 16: 6-2 6-1 vs Shelby Rogers
Quarters: 6-3 6-4 vs Belinda Bencic
Semis: 6-1 6-4 vs Maria Sakkari
Round 1: 7-6 6-2 vs Ana Konjuh
Round 2: 7-5 7-5 vs Kaia Kanepi
Round 3: 5-7 7-6 6-4 vs Naomi Osaka
Last 16: 4-6 7-6 6-2 Angelique Kerber
Quarters: 6-3 3-6 7-6 vs Elina Svitolina
Semis: 7-6 4-6 6-4 vs Aryna Sabalenka
Raducanu still hasn’t lost a set at the US Open this year, with Belinda Bencic her toughest fight
What have Raducanu and Fernandez said?
The British starlet has laughed-off any pressure going into Saturday’s final, explaining it’s a free-hit after mauling Sakkari.
‘Is there any expectation?’ Raducanu asked jokingly in her post-match presser. ‘I’m a qualifier so there’s no pressure on me!’
‘Honestly the time here in New York has gone so fast, I’ve been taking care of each day and before you know it three weeks later I’m in the final, I can’t actually believe it.
‘Since I’ve been here I’ve had great support. Playing under the lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium is one of the most iconic things in tennis. I was so excited.’
Raducanu burst onto the scene at Wimbledon before beginning her charge in New York
The 18-year-old singled-out her coach, former British No 1 Tim Henman, who has helped mould her into a winning machine: ‘Tim is honestly such a big inspiration. He has been helping me to treat one point at a time.
‘You can’t get ahead of yourself and just stay present. Today I wasn’t thinking about anyone else except for myself.’
Having been subjected to Raducanu’s power, Sakkari said: ‘She plays fearless. She goes for it.’
That should serve as a warning to Fernandez, whose run to the final has been equally astounding.
Asked how she made it to the final, Fernandez said: ‘I have no idea!
‘That’s years and years and years of hard work and tears and blood and everything, on court, off court, sacrifices.
‘I just wanted to be in the finals, I really wanted it, and I fought for every point.’
Fernandez will be a tough opponent after knocking-out the likes of Naomi Osaka on her charge
US Open winner odds
Leylah Fernandez – 11/8
Emma Raducanu – 4/7
*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication
What prize money is on offer?
A whopping $57.5million is on offer to the players at this tournament, a new record.
The prize money is the same for men and women.
- Winner: $2,500,000
- Runner-up: $1,250,000
- Semi-finalist: $675,000
- Quarter-finalist: $425,000