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I can’t choose, but because I am a Brit, I have to root for Emma.
"Dad, you're so wrong. You're not getting a single penny of my prize money!"They've both come a long way in a short time. When Raducanu packed to go and play Wimbledon her father asked her why she was taking so much stuff when she was going to get knocked out in the 1st round.
I wonder if Tecnifibre is still happy that they went all in on Iga.
Iga is the only WTA player to make the fourth round at every major this year. Obviously results aren't what the rosiest of forecasters from last fall would have hoped. But by no means a bust.Or Prince was relieved that they didn't sign Iga??
Agree that Radu's fairytale is the biggest fairytale of them all and for that reason, I lean slightly towards her. But honestly, I'm not sure who I'm cheering for until the match is on.
I like them both! I like to have a qualifier win it all! From qualifying to winning the U.S. Open tennis singles title at 18 years old, never played as an entry into the U.S. Open GS! That is the reason I am I am a bigger fan of Emma Raducanu to win it all! Some fair tales and Hollywood scripts can actually be true? Let's hope so for tennis sake! Either one that wins it is a miracle in pro tennis history, win or loss. Gives hope to the millions of young tennis players around the world that a person with the right mindset can achieve the near impossible at the beginning of their career if you have the right attitude!
Its no secret that Raducanu has a stellar backhand that has carried her so far. That can be an advantage against Leylah who is a lefty. But Emma never faced a Top 10 or 5 opponent. Leylah beat 3 Top 5 and 1 former No1 multiple GS winner. That shows how tough she is mentally. Only obstacle for her will be fatigue if the match goes to a decider.watching Fernandez vs. Svitolina, I felt that Elina was arguably hitting the better ball on aggregate, but also couldn't help thinking that she was playing like a dolt. Playing right into the lefty's hands.
So it got me thinking about records against lefties. And sure enough:
Elina has a solid 66% match win % against the field. Against lefties? A comparatively abysmal 53%.
Osaka? 64% against the tour, 60% against lefties. Sabalenka? 67% against the field, 64% against lefties.
So what about today's finalist, Emma Raducanu? A stellar 77% against the field so far. But against lefties? 89% (8-1, winning her last 6). Undoubtedly skewed by the small sample, granted, but still. She strikes me as a clever girl who has more tools than your average ball-basher to adapt to different players.
I say Raducanu FTW.
It looks like Leylah is a fan of Nadal but she is forgiven.Anyone else think there's something very Federer/Nadal about this match up?; Emma's gliding all court grace and attacking style versus Fernandez's impenetrable mental fortress where the ball just somehow keeps coming back.
It is 6 weeks not 2 weeks! She went through qualifying tournament to get into main draw!For future reference, Raducanu is a whopping 2 months younger than Fernandez; she's turning 19 in November.
I picked Raducanu in 2 because I sorta expect her to hit through Fernandez in the same way Sabalenka did early on, except Radu's level hasn't dropped in two weeks and I think she can keep it going long enough to win before Fernandez has much of a chance to adjust.
She played her first qualifying match on August 25th. That's just a little over two weeks.Well, with the explosive climax to the grand slam tomorrow with Earth's Mightiest, today can be a nice day for the women's final where both have played like true champions....shame they cannot split the trophy.