Emma Raducanu v Leylah Annie Fernandez: US Open women’s final – live!

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  • Analysis: Why Raducanu’s run to final is no fluke
  • Fernandez shows hopeful side of Canada’s tennis dream
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First set: Raducanu 1-0 Fernandez* (*denotes next server)

Raducanu is first to serve. It’s aa 96mph offering out wide leading to a six-shot rally ended when Fernandez hits a cross-court forehand winner. Raducanu gets it to 15-all after Fernandez makes an error off the backhand, then to 30-15 when she pins back Fernandez with a crisp forehand before putting away the point with an overhead. Raducanu follows with a 94mph first serve that Fernandez can’t get back into the court for 40-15, but puts a forehand into the net early in the next rally for 40-30. From there, Raducanu calmly pounds her first backhand winner of the day into the corner to hold. A poised, uncomplicated hold of serve in the young Briton’s opening service game.

The players have just taken the court following their pre-match television interviews in the tunnel. Interestingly, the nearly full 23,771-seat stadium appears to be more behind Fernandez.

The popular vlogger Logan Paul has just made his was down to courtside and is sitting a couple rows behind Fernandez’s chair.

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