A final of the future awaits with 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez facing off against 18-year-old Emma Raducanu and the Wolf thinks the Brit will become the first qualifier to win a major in the open era.
Here are The Wolf’s US Open tips for the Women’s Final.
Likely the first meeting of many across their careers, Leylah Fernandez and Emma Raducanu play off in a teen final. Fernandez turned 19 five days ago, while 18-year-old Emma Raducanu is the first qualifier to ever reach a Grand Slam Final.
How do you separate these giant killers? Fernandez has certainly taken the bigger scalps across the tournament – Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka. She’s done it the hard way with all four wins going to three sets, but this just emphasises how clutch the Canadian has been.
Raducanu on the other hand has posted wins comparable to a Nadal clay court event. The Brit has dropped a total of 27 games in her six matches so far which includes wins over form players Belinda Bencic and Maria Sakkari – that averages dropping just 4.5 games per match.
With this in mind, The Wolf will be taking the Brit. Raducanu has beaten players performing at their peak – Sorribes Tormo in the third round, destroyed Rogers in the fourth round who just beat Barty, Bencic coming off gold at Tokyo, and Sakkari playing in her second Grand Slam Semi Final in her last three majors.
Taking nothing away from the quality of Fernandez’s victories, but we know Osaka has been going through a bit, Svitolina is a perennial second-week flop at majors, while Sabalenka has now lost her last two Grand Slam Semi Finals despite being a red-hot favourite.
The last time we saw videogame-like numbers in a major in the women’s draw was Iga Swiatek at the French Open last year, which she would go onto win the Final in straight sets. Radacatournament has had a very similar feel