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Raducanu, Fernandez mark depth of women’s game, signal enticing ...


Raducanu, Fernandez mark depth of women’s game, signal enticing future

Two unseeded teens faced off in the US Open final, ushering in what is hoped to be a bold new era in women’s tennis

Sudipto Ganguly

With Serena Williams pulling out due to fitness issues even before a ball had been hit and Naomi Osaka and Ash Barty dispatched in the third round, a loss of interest in the women’s singles draw at this year’s US Open was palpable.

But no one could have predicted it would be left to two teenagers - ranked 150th and 73rd in the world - to create the sort of frenzied hype in women’s tennis as seen over the past fortnight with their fascinating journeys to Saturday’s final.

Britain’s Emma Raducanu and Canadian Leylah Fernandez, born two months apart in 2002, took the US Open by storm with their youthful exuberance and fearless style of play...

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