US Open: teenaged phenoms Emma Raducanu and Leyla Fernandez turn the world on its ear as their lives get set to change dramatically

It’s not entirely unprecedented. Two teenagers have played in the finals of the women’s US Open previously. Back in 1999, Serena Williams, two weeks shy of her 18th birthday, beat 19-year-old Martina Hingis. Twenty two years later Britain’s 18-year-old Emma Raducanu and Canada’s Leyla Fernandez, six days after turning 19, would reprise the teen showdown. But that is where the similarities end.

By the time Raducanu won an unlikely and hard fought 6-4, 6-3 championship victory over Fernandez,…


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