Emma Raducanu Matches Angelique Kerber’s Unique US Open Record, Eyes Serena Williams’ next

Published 09/10/2021, 1:30 AM EDT
Sep 9, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates after her match against Maria Sakkari of Greece (not pictured) on day eleven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


British sensation Emma Raducanu is dominating the headlines as the US Open approaches its end. Aiming to make history, she took on Greek international, Maria Sakkari in the semi-finals of the tournament. As the world tuned in to watch the two WTA stars, they were in for a night of dominant tennis, courtesy of the young Britisher.

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The generational talent put on a masterclass display against the former World No. 17. Running a riot on the court, she breezed past her opponent in straight sets. Notably, this was the 5th game in a row that the Britisher whitewashed her opponent, winning the game without dropping a set.

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With her triumphant semi-final win, she etched her name in the history books of the game. More importantly, she now stands a chance to meet Serena Williams in a unique US Open record.

Records galore for Emma Raducanu

Throughout this tournament, Emma has played with unbelievable maturity, dominating each of her opponents. Not just dropping a set, Emma is also yet to play a tie-breaker, despite competing in back-to-back nail-biters. With yet another emphatic win, she equals a record previously held by German International, Angelique Kerber.

After beating Maria in straight sets, Emma Raducanu has reached the US Open final without dropping a set. The last WTA player to achieve this feat was Kerber in the 2016 edition of the tournament. However, if she goes through the final without dropping a set either, she will join Serena, the last woman to win the US Open without dropping a set. The 23-time Grand Slam champion achieved the feat back in 2014.

The much-awaited semi-finals clash served as per its expectations, with the two stars putting on a show at the Flushing Meadows. However, even as Maria fought relentlessly for a place in the match, she couldn’t make it past up Emma’s pacey attack. Hence, she bowed out of the tournament, with Emma cruising into the finals as the scoreline read 6-1, 6-4.

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Bring on the final

Emma’s triumphant win also means she becomes the first qualifier to reach the finals of a Grand Slam. Now, she prepares to meet fellow history-maker Leylah Fernandez in an all-teenager final.

Sep 9, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain reacts after winning a point against Maria Sakkari of Greece (not pictured) on day eleven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Given the magnificent run the two youngsters have had so far, predicting a winner is far from easy. However, what is assured is a bright future for tennis, courtesy of the talents that are taking over the sport. As the countdown begins, a breathtaking final awaits.

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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