Records shattered as teen makes US Open history

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Great Britain's Emma Raducanu has go the archetypal qualifier successful past to marque a Grand Slam final, with a ascendant semi-final triumph astatine the US Open.

Raducanu was excessively bully for 17th effect Maria Sakkari, 6-1, 6-4 successful conscionable 84 minutes.

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"Absolutely stunning," said Patrick McEnroe connected ESPN.

She'll present play Canadian Leylah Fernandez successful the final, the archetypal clip 2 teenagers person contested a large last since Serena Williams played Martina Hingis astatine the 1999 US Open.

Raducanu hasn't dropped a acceptable successful the 9 matches she's played astatine the tourney to date, 3 successful qualifying and six successful the main draw.

"I'm successful the last and I can't really judge it," she said aft the match.

She raced retired to a 5-0 pb successful the archetypal set, mounting the code for the lucifer from which Sakkari, successful her 2nd large semi-final of 2021, couldn't recover.

Sakkari talented Raducanu that lead, with unforced errors connected each of the interruption points, including a treble fault. Raducanu was acold from cleanable herself, having to prevention 7 interruption points successful the archetypal set.

The 18-year-old, who besides reached the 4th circular astatine Wimbledon this year, downplayed immoderate unit up of the final.

Emma Raducanu is the archetypal qualifier to marque a Grand Slam final. (Getty)

She's the youngest Grand Slam finalist since a 17-year-old Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon successful 2004, but was speedy to assertion underdog presumption for Sunday morning's last (AEST).

"Is determination immoderate expectation? I'm a qualifier, truthful technically connected paper, there's nary unit connected me," she said.

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