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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday September 8, 2021


Teenagers are all the rage at the 2021 US Open. Despite the fact that 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz was forced to retire from his quarterfinal against Felix Auger-Aliassime on Tuesday night, two teenagers have powered through to the semifinals on the women’s side. Let’s take a numerical look at the incredible achievements of Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez at the US Open.

19 Fernandez turned 19 during the tournament on September 6. The Canadian entered this year’s US Open with a ranking of 73.

16 Raducanu, who is the first qualifier to ever qualify for the semifinals at the US Open, has won all 16 sets she has played since qualifying.

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Raducanu is the fourth WTA qualifier to reach the last four at a Grand Slam in the Open Era. She joins Christine Dorey (1978 Australian Open), Alexandra Stevenson (1999 Wimbledon) and Nadia Podoroska (2020 Roland Garros).

3 Raducanu is the third WTA player to reach the semifinals at the US Open with a ranking outside of the Top-100. The other two are Billie Jean King in 1979 and Kim Clijsters in 2009 – both of whom went on to win the title.


2009 The last time that multiple teenagers have reached the last four at the US Open. Caroline Wozniacki and Yanina Wickmayer were the dynamic duo.


2019 The last time two WTA teenagers reached the last four at any major was Roland Garros in 2019 – Marketa Vondrousova and Amanda Anisimova.

11 The number of times that multiple WTA teenagers have reached the semifinals at the US Open. It happened nine times between 1980 and 1999, an just twice since.


1999 The last time we had an all-teen final at the US Open. Serena Williams defeated Martina Hingis for the title.


3 Fernandez is the third Canadian woman to reach the US Open semifinals, joining Carling Basset-Seguso (1984) and Bianca Andreescu (2019).

7 Combined number of victories that Raducanu and Fernandez had managed at the Grand Slams prior to this year. They have ten combined at the 2021 US Open.


2005 Both Fernandez and Raducanu are the youngest US Open semifinalists since Maria Sharapova in 2005. Sharapova lost to Kim Clijsters in three sets in the semis that year, and won the title in 2006.

22 Raducanu has lost just 22 games through her five main draw victories in New York – Fernandez has lost 64.


 

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