“Unbelievable To See”: Ons Jabeur on Leylah Fernandez and Emma Raducanu’s Quality Tennis at US Open

Published 09/27/2021, 10:43 AM EDT
Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain (L) hugs Leylah Fernandez of Canada (R) after their match in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


Teenage tennis sensations, Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez, grabbed headlines during the US Open 2021. The women’s final between Raducanu and Fernandez got higher viewership than the men’s single final. What they achieved during those two weeks was unimaginable. 

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Recently, Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur praised Raducanu and Fernandez for their performances at the US Open 2021. Although the Canadian player ended up on the losing side, she has a bright future and will do wonders in the game. 

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The 27-year-old player stated, “It was very surprising. I know Leylah more and I always said she’s an amazing player and I can see her winning Grand Slams, this is the first final she made and I’m sure she’s going to win one very soon. Emma, I don’t know her much. It’s a surprise, she was playing really good and I don’t think there is anyone who has played like that in the second grand slam of her life. It’s unbelievable to see teens playing that way.”

Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez inspired the Tunisian star 

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Having inspired millions of people from around the globe, Jabeur was another who was enthralled by what these two teenagers were doing. Moreover, after their stellar performances, the duo look to be on their way to becoming household names.  

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 2, 2021 Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur reacts during her third round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The Wimbledon quarterfinalist further added, “They inspired me and I’m sure they inspired a lot of other athletes. Honestly, it’s good to have them on tour, to have new players coming up and winning grand slams, it’s amazing to see that.”

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After the US Open, Leylah and Emma were spotted at the Met Gala. The teenagers were mingling with stars from across the world after their rise to fame. We are eager to see them compete on a tennis court again. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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