US Open: Emma Raducanu says reaching closing is ‘loopy, cool and completely mind-blowing’

Emma Raducanu


Emma Raducanu is yet to lose a set after nine matches at the 2021 US Open, including her three qualifiers
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Date: 30 August-12 September
Coverage: Daily radio commentaries on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra/BBC Sport website and app, with selected live text commentaries and match reports on the website and app

British teenager Emma Raducanu says reaching her first Grand Slam final at the US Open feels “crazy, cool and absolutely mind-blowing”.

The 18-year-old stunned Greek 17th seed Maria Sakkari 6-1 6-4 to become the first qualifier to reach a major final.

She faces Canadian world number 73 Leylah Fernandez, 19, for the title in New York on Saturday.

“I never thought it would come this early to be in a Grand Slam final,” Raducanu told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I’m really enjoying my time in New York and that’s showing in my tennis. Tonight, being under the lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium, it’s so iconic and I think I was just thriving in the moment.

“I don’t feel any…