Emma Raducanu vs Maria Sakkari – US Open semi-final LIVE

Emma Raducanu vs Maria Sakkari – US Open semi-final LIVE: British sensation roars into early 3-0 lead after breaking Greek No 1 in her FIRST service game

  • British hopes of Grand Slam success at the US Open rest with Emma Raducanu
  • The 18-year-old, who had to qualify for the tournament, is into the semi-finals
  • She is facing Greece No 1 Maria Sakkari for a spot in Saturday’s final in New York
  • Follow the action as it happens at Flushing Meadows right here with Sportsmail 
  • Find out the latest Tokyo Olympic news including schedule, medal table and results right here

British teenager Emma Raducanu will look to continue to write a fairytale in New York as she stands one match away from the US Open final.

The 18-year-old, who had to qualify for the tournament in Flushing Meadows, is already guaranteed to become British No 1 when rankings are updated on Monday.

But having swept aside higher-ranked opposition, including Tokyo Olympics champion Belinda Bencic in the previous round, and failing to drop a set so far, she is looking to cap off a stunning two weeks with a maiden Slam title.

Follow all the action from Flushing Meadows and the US Open as it happens right here with Sportsmail’s NATHAN SALT.

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And there is the double break!

Dreamland for the British teenager – despair for the Greek star.

A double fault handing the fourth game to Raducanu.

Fans are being treated to a classic here and it’s a privilege to see a star in the making like Raducanu.

Sakkari is being made to work very hard just to hold one game here. 

Raducanu clearly hungry for a donut!


I’m not too sure what Sakkari needs to do here other than to just settle herself down. 

Still a long way to go but she’s making a lot of points far too easy for Raducanu as it stands. 

My, oh my.

Three start games and Sakkari is already exchanging angry words with the umpire.

This really is a dreadful start for Sakkari. 

She’s overhitting her forehand returns and is making too many unforced errors when she’s getting break point opportunities. 

Raducanu can hold here…

Not one first serve in in that game for the Greek and is the pressure already starting to tell? 

With two break points the 18-year-old Briton thrives and gets an early advantage to race into a 2-0 lead.

She looked a bit out of sorts in the warm-up but that is the perfect way to start your first Grand Slam semi-final

Having saved three break points to keep it at deuce, Raducanu brilliantly elevates and takes the opening game.

That should settle her down but this is going to be a total war, I can feel it.

It’s a good strong start from both players and Maria Sakkari is a phenomenal athlete so Raducanu will need to hang in there on a lot of these rallies. 

It’s the Greek who takes the first two points. 0-30

God, I am excitied. 

Tennis is so, so fun. 

It’s helpful to have had this many matches. I’m excited to get out there tonight.

(Fernandez inspiration) To play on Ashe in a night match under the lights is one of the most exciting things in tennis and I can’t wait to experience it. I’ve just been focusing on myself tonight.

Kudos to those of you who have made it to 3am and are still going strong. 

I’ve got some Malteasers for a sugar rush later on – maybe a coffee is the way to go if you’re that way inclined. 

Not long to wait now and will Raducanu be inspired by that performance from Fernandez? Hard not to be!

Emma Raducanu vs Maria Sakkari will be with us shortly!

INCREDIBLE! LEYLAH FERNANDEZ IS IN THE US OPEN FINAL

What a crushing blow that is for Aryna Sabalenka but what a phenomenal display by Leylah Fernandez at just 19.

This is quite the story. 

What a great photo of a young Raducanu!

‘I was the very shy odd-one-out’ reveals tennis sensation Emma Raducanu as she appears in Vogue

Emma Raducanu has revealed how she was ‘very shy’ and the ‘odd-one-out’ growing up as she appears in next month’s issue of Vogue.

The tennis sensation, 18, from London,  donned a strapless black gown and a pair of leopard print trainers in snaps shared in the October issue of the fashion bible.

Speaking to the magazine, Emma said she was often the ‘only girl’ in her friendship group doing certain sports, adding: ‘I was a very shy little girl who didn’t talk much at all.’

FULL STORY HERE. 

Emma Raducanu’s coach Andrew Richardson uncertain over future role

MIKE DICKSON: Former British Davis Cup player Andrew Richardson is believed to be on a short-term deal to coach the emerging star of the British game, engaged only for the current American trip that began in late July. Longer term decisions will be made after this, with Emma Raducanu’s father Ian the key figure in judging which direction to take.

FULL STORY HERE.

Emma Raducanu on an exercise bike while doing some volleys – is there anything she can’t do?!

Having been beaten by Emma Raducanu, Olympic champion Belinda Bencic was asked what she makes of this teenage fever that has been infectious at the US Open.

‘I honestly think it’s great… for tennis. It’s obviously great stories,’ Swiss world No 12 Bencic said.

‘I just really hope everyone will protect them and will hope the best for them and not try to… not destroy, but… put so much pressure and so much hype around them so it gets too much.

‘I hope everyone will stay and will really hope the best for them so they can just develop in peace a little bit.’

She let off some steam and suddenly had all the momentum (poor racket, though!)

Sorry Emma, we’re not done yet.

The No 2 seed finds her groove once again and Aryna Sabalenka wins the second set to send us to a deciding third with 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez.

I get it, we all want to see this match come to an end so we can get to see Emma Raducanu but Aryna Sabalenka has just broken Leylah Fernandez and the No 2 seed has the opportunity to serve for the second set and send us into a deciding third.

What must Raducanu be thinking in the locker room watching this one? 

Hang in there, guys…

How ‘PR dream’ Emma Raducanu, 18, has secured her place as ‘the biggest star of GB sport for the next 10 years’

The future is unmistakably bright for Emma Raducanu, who was yesterday dubbed ‘the biggest star of GB sport for the next decade’ by sports broadcaster Jonathan Overend. 

FULL STORY HERE

This is a war of attrition.

Sabalenka has already picked up a warning for smashing her racket during a changeover and Fernandez is rallying with the crowd right behind her. 

We’re tied at 3-3 in the second. Huge moments for Sabalenka.

British tennis legend Virginia Wade insists Emma Raducanu ‘ticks all the boxes’

MIKE DICKSON: For Virginia Wade, watching Emma Raducanu at the US Open brought a frisson of excitement, mixed with a slight element of caution.

A lifetime in the game, which included Wimbledon and New York titles, has taught her that startling young talent needs handling carefully.

On Monday, Wade looked on with pleasure from Flushing Meadows’ answer to the Royal Box as Raducanu her fairytale run.

FULL STORY HERE.

‘She gets under the skin of all her opponents… she is SO mentally strong’:

Emma Raducanu has been praised as a ‘problem solver’ who ‘gets under the skin of her opponents’ by Annabel Croft after the British teenager made it through to the US Open semi-finals.

The 18-year-old became the first qualifier in history to make the last four at Flushing Meadows after beating Olympic champion Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4 in their quarter-final.

FULL STORY HERE.

Sakkari insists she is NOT the favourite despite being ranked 132 places higher than 18-year-old Brit!

Maria Sakkari may be the player inside the top 20 but she has rubbished talk she is a heavy favourite to reach Saturday’s final.

‘I wouldn’t call myself the favourite. I think we all have equal chances of winning the semi-finals and then winning the title. I would give 25 per cent to each starting tomorrow, then 50 to the two finalists.’

FULL STORY HERE.

What an incredible comeback!

From 4-1 down the 19-year-old Canadian produces an incredible performance and titanic resilience to take the first set 7-6 in the tiebreak.

Sabalenka looks troubled, distracted, and has left the court to gather herself…

Judy Murray says it’s important not to ‘overburden’ Emma Raducanu so early in her career

Judy Murray has warned Emma Raducanu’s team not to ‘overburden’ her following her incredible performance at the US Open, and to be ‘savvy’ with their scheduling.

The 18-year-old from Bromley, Kent is through to the semi-finals of the competition after storming past Olympic champion Belinda Bencic yesterday.

FULL STORY HERE.

Cool.

Calm.

Collected.

The moment an unknown Emma Raducanu wowed Andy Murray with her powerful shots at last year’s Battle of the Brits… now the 400-1 qualifier is just two matches away from emulating him as a US Open champion

KIERAN JACKSON: In a mere two months, Emma Raducanu has captured the imagination of the British public like no tennis player from these lands has since a certain Andy Murray made his breakthrough in 2005.

First Wimbledon, now the US Open where the qualifier faces Maria Sakkari tonight for a shot at unthinkable Grand Slam glory. But, if you looked close enough, the signs of a major breakthrough were subtly apparent.

Last year, at the Battle of the Brits event at the National Tennis Centre in south London, Raducanu came up against Murray in a mixed doubles clash. Break point down, second serve, the teen could have buckled against a three-time major winner ready to pounce.

FULL STORY HERE.

MIKE DICKSON IN NEW YORK: This crowd very partisan. Interesting to see if they side with the younger player in the next match too.

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He’s right, the crowd have been willing 19-year-old Leyla Fernandez on and it has worked after a ropey start.

She’s back on level terms at 5-5 and we have a match on our hands!

Raducanu is a natural successor to Andy Murray, says Andrew Castle

Emma Raducanu’s life will change in ways she ‘can’t possibly imagine’ following her epic run of form at the US Open, according to Andrew Castle.

The broadcaster and former British tennis player said the 18-year-old is an ‘absolute dream commercially’ while appearing on Good Morning Britain today.

He agreed with host Martin Lewis that she is the ‘natural successor’ to Andy Murray as the new star of British tennis – while her former coach said he wasn’t surprised by her incredible performance.

FULL STORY HERE.

TRACY AUSTIN: The US fans are cheering for Emma Raducanu!

I was indoors at Flushing Meadows for some of this match and yet I could still hear exactly who won each point, because the Arthur Ashe crowd was so much in favour of Emma Raducanu.

Many of them may have had no idea who she was when the tournament started, but they’ve adopted her and taken her in.

Nobody could have seen a qualifier coming through to the semi-finals — particularly after eight matches without dropping a set or even being taken to a tiebreak.

FULL STORY HERE

Momentum has swung hugely in the favour of Emma Raducanu in the last week and the odds reflect what many see as a far closer match-up now than it may have been just a few weeks ago.

TO WIN

Emma Raducanu – 5/4

Maria Sakkkari – 8/13

SPECIALS

First game of the match to go to deuce – 5/6

Raducanu breaks serve first, wins first set and the match – 17/10

Raducanu to win 6-3, 6-3 – 30/1

Odds courtesy of Betfair

The woman standing between Emma Raducanu and the US Open final!

NATHAN SALT: Speaking of Maria Sakkari… here is all you need to know.

The world No 18 is in the form of her life in 2021, is dating the son of Greece’s prime minister and is a match away from a huge $1.25MILLION payday.

This is staggering tennis from No 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka – who has raced into a dominant 4-1 lead. 

At this pace Emma Raducanu best get warming up because 19-year-old Leyla Fernandez is being beaten into submission. 

A brutal display and a warning to both Raducanu and Maria Sakkari…

‘My flights were booked at the end of qualifying!’

MIKE DICKSON: Britain’s teenage tennis sensation Emma Raducanu has revealed she expected to be knocked out of the US Open weeks ago and had booked her flights home before trouncing an Olympic gold medalist and storming into the semi-finals. 

FULL STORY HERE

It all started back in qualifying but even her biggest fan would not have predicted a run that would see her not drop a set en route to the semi-final…

6-1, 6-2 – beats Bibiane Schoofs – QUALIFYING
6-3, 7-5 – beats Mariam Bolkvadze – QUALIFYING
6-1, 6-4 – beats Mayar Sherif – QUALIFYING
6-2, 6-3 – beats Stefanie Vogele
6-2, 6-4 – beats Zhang Shuai
6-0, 6-1 – beats Sara Sorribes Tormo
6-2, 6-1 – beats Shelby Rogers
6-3, 6-4 – beats Belinda Bencic

Britain guaranteed at least one US Open champion!

MIKE DICKSON: Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury will face off in the men’s doubles final on Friday afternoon (5pm UK) after coming through tight matches with their respective partners Bruno Soares and Rajeev Ram meaning Flushing Meadows will see a British Grand Slam champion this week.

FULL STORY HERE

We’ll be dipping in and out of the other women’s singles semi-final – which has just got underway – between Canadian teenager Leyla Fernandez and No 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka.

Everything points to Sabalenka but it’s been that kind of tournament… is there teenage fever in the air?

British tennis hoping to cash-in on the EMMA EFFECT

MIKE DICKSON: What is certain is that Emma Raducanu’s popularity should be a potent weapon in the battle to attract female players to tennis, in the face of increasing competition from other sports.

Iain Bates, the Lawn Tennis Association’s head of women’s tennis, believes her success in New York will provide a double benefit: showing other GB players what can be done, while attracting larger numbers feeding in at grassroots level.

‘We have seen how engaging Emma is,’ he said. ‘She transcends the immediate tennis audience and that’s so important. It’s easy to connect with her and she can incentivise more people to give tennis a go.’

FULL STORY HERE

Well, who would have thought it? Britain’s Emma Raducanu being just one match away from reaching her first ever Grand Slam final.

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 18-year-old’s semi-final at the US Open against Maria Sakkari.

The two of them are second on court at the Arthur Ashe stadium tonight and so Raducanu-Sakkari will have to wait for the next couple of hours. 

But fear not, there is so much to reflect on between now and then!

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