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How long have Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez been on court for?

Tom Avery September 10, 2021
2021 US Open
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The surprise teenage stranglehold on women’s tennis shows no sign of wilting after Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez both clinched spots in Saturday’s US Open final.

After unseeded 19-year-old Fernandez became the youngest Grand Slam finalist since Maria Sharapova in 2004, 18-year-old British qualifier Raducanu ensured the headlines would be shared just three hours later. She defeated Greece’s Maria Sakkari, the No.17 seed, 6-1, 6-4 to become the first qualifier to reach a Grand Slam final in Open era history (US Open).

Raducanu, ranked 150 in the world before the US Open began, hasn’t dropped a set all tournament. Since the start of qualifying she has won 18 consecutive sets and only dropped 27 games across her six main-draw wins (US Open).

How long have Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez spent on court?

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Despite playing three extra matches in qualifying, Raducanu has actually been on court for less time than Fernandez at Flushing Meadows.

Across her nine matches, Raducanu has been on court for 11-and-a-half hours (694 minutes), whereas Fernandez has spent more than 12-and-a-half hours (765 minutes) on court.

There could be an argument to suggest Raducanu will go into Saturday’s final fresher than her opponent but, with two teenagers having energy in abundance, playing in front of a packed Arthur Ashe crowd in their first Grand Slam final, and the adrenalin pumping, fatigue is unlikely to play a part.

Raducanu has been ruthless and emphatic throughout the tournament and her longest match so far came in the second round of qualifying (97 minutes). That’s her only match to have gone beyond an hour-and-a-half.

In comparison, Fernandez’ shortest match came in the first round, which was still an hour and 45 minutes.

The Canadian star has gone the distance in her last four matches, all of which have eclipsed two hours. But she has shown maturity and poise beyond her years to defeat Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka.

What time is the final?

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Raducanu and world number 73 Fernandez will walk out on Arthur Ashe at 21:00 BST on Saturday (11 September).

The runner-up is guaranteed to pocket $1,250,000 (£950,000), while the winner will take home $2,500,000 (£1.8 million).

The match will be shown live on Amazon Prime.

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