Emma Raducanu, Coco Gauff, Leylah Fernandez...who is more talented?

MadariKatu

Professional
All are great. I'll just say that while I was happy to see younger player come into the spotlight, I was never excited to see Gauff or Raducanu, even if I could enjoy some great matches. But watching Leylah, and the way she moves on court, and especially the way that she understands the game, I'm all in with her. Fernandez it is for me.
 

MasterZeb

Hall of Fame
This is the first we’ve (or at least I’ve ) seen of fernandez so can’t really make any judgment on her right now imo. Purely hype based atm. Let’s see what she goes on to do later. Coco is a household name now. And Raducanu is showing Wimbledon wasn’t a one off and she has that something special.
 

Kralingen

Hall of Fame
Coco will probably be the most successful IMO, but she has a long way to go.

Raducanu is no joke though. Speediest of the 3 and honestly faster than 90% of the tour, and she has a mean BHDTL. Power and serve issues put a ceiling on her.

Fernandez is someone who I can see going to a Slam Final or two and even winning one, but not being a consistent top 5 player.
 

user54

New User
at this stage I think it's mostly a case of wait and see who can sustain their level on a regular basis. both raducanu and Fernandez level this tournament has been truly outstanding. after another few slams we'll know more. both are playing top ten level right now. raducanu has rock solid technique, and seems able to take the racket out of her opponents hands. really hope this is her new normal.
 
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ScottleeSV

Professional
Too early to say, but I think long term Gauff may find it hard to keep up with Fernandez and Raducanu. It looks like too much effort for Gauff to grind out points when I watch her. The other two have easier power and dare I say it look mentally slightly tougher too.

Who knows though; maybe none of them will win a slam in the next 5 years. It's a huge field these days.
 

MadariKatu

Professional
Too early to say, but I think long term Gauff may find it hard to keep up with Fernandez and Raducanu. It looks like too much effort for Gauff to grind out points when I watch her. The other two have easier power and dare I say it look mentally slightly tougher too.

Who knows though; maybe none of them will win a slam in the next 5 years. It's a huge field these days.
I agree with this sentiment, but being fair, Gauff is about 1 and a half years younger than the other two, which at that age is significant. She's for sure the most precocious of the bunch, since she's been into the scene for a while now, while both Fernandez and Raducanu are breaking through this year.
I have been impressed by Fernandez's shot selection and anticipation; sometimes it feels she's seeing the game with the same perspective we get on tv, instead of being on court.
 

ibbi

Legend
Gamewise I like Raducanu, but the other two both have far better proven heads on their shoulders that everything else can sort of develop from. Not saying Emma doesn't have a good head on her shoulders, but I haven't seen any evidence of it yet. Fernandez, on the other hand, can somehow go from whipping show court crowds into a frenzy to putting things in perspective (talking about having fun, and the need to get your feet back on the ground) in the blink of an eye, which is pretty impressive at that age, and with that level of inexperience.

Gauff is still a baby compared to the other two, but having been on the scene for 2 years now has had to deal with a massive heap of attention already, and that her career still seems to be heading in the right direction is a great sign.

I'd say Fernandez is maybe the most ready currently, Gauff maybe has the most upside, Raducanu it really seems too early to say. Her game is great, but what happened to her at Wimbledon was pretty crazy. Will be interesting to see how she handles playing an American on Ashe today. Will probably have a chance to capitalize on half the crowd leaving after the Zverev match and hope she can get half way through the match before they come back :-D
 

ScottleeSV

Professional
I agree with this sentiment, but being fair, Gauff is about 1 and a half years younger than the other two, which at that age is significant. She's for sure the most precocious of the bunch, since she's been into the scene for a while now, while both Fernandez and Raducanu are breaking through this year.
I have been impressed by Fernandez's shot selection and anticipation; sometimes it feels she's seeing the game with the same perspective we get on tv, instead of being on court.
Yes there is the age factor, true. Gauff might end up better on clay too (already one q/f in Paris).

I can't help feeling Gauff is putting the most pressure on herself at the mo though, whereas the other two are more happy-go-lucky.

Fernandez has amazing variety. Kerber didn't look like she had a clue where the ball was going last night (I only saw the final set).
 

a10best

Hall of Fame
Emma will, then Gauff. I think Fernandez got lucky with Osaka in her emotional freefall and then Kerber is not consistently making major finals anymore. Plus, Angie has a weak serve. Emma and CoCo have true power and killer instinct. Wait a minute. Emma is a different players against Rogers so far.
Once Fernandez becomes stronger, then I will add her because of her grit and shot making. Fernandez makes me think of CiCi Bellis' one-time run.
IMO ,at least two of these women would not have gone this far IF Serena, a focused Naomi, or healthy Jen Brady were playing.

Same for the men, Fed. Nadal or Thiem at 90% health would have kept Opelka, Tiafoe, Bit .... (that Netherlands guy), and Lloyd Harris from getting this far. I feel Alcaraz would have broken through anyway.
 
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R. Schweikart

Professional
Emma will, then Gauff. I think Fernandez got lucky with Osaka in her emotional freefall and then Kerber is not consistently making major finals anymore. Plus, Angie has a weak serve. Emma and CoCo have true power and killer instinct. Once Fernandez becomes stronger, then I will add her because of her grit and shot making. Fernandez makes me think of CiCi Bellis' one-time run.
IMO ,at least two of these women would not have gone this far IF Serena, a focused Naomi, or healthy Jen Brady were playing.
...

What difference, at this moment, would Serena playing make?
 
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Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
I think it will be Gauff, but I haven't seen much of the other two tbh. I'll just say for now that I don't think either of Fernandez or Raducanu is going to win this USO so it will be at some other slam in some other year. And yes that's me raining on the parade. Hope I'm wrong of course, especially where Fernandez is concerned.
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
If one of these women were in her draw they'd likely lose. I'm not a Serena fan but odds are she'd win.
People say that about Serena all the time, but the point is she's old. These kids are super young. They're not ever going to have to deal with 2002 Serena or anything like it. The Osaka thing makes more sense because at least she's not old enough to be their mother, but even then there's still a big age gap. And even in a world where Osaka was without issues, I don't think she'll ever be the WTA's version of Djokovic, if only because upsets are more likely in BO3.
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
Coco will probably be the most successful IMO, but she has a long way to go.

Raducanu is no joke though. Speediest of the 3 and honestly faster than 90% of the tour, and she has a mean BHDTL. Power and serve issues put a ceiling on her.

Fernandez is someone who I can see going to a Slam Final or two and even winning one, but not being a consistent top 5 player.
So, WTA in a nutshell lol.
 

a12345

Professional
Raducanu is playing like a monster right now against Rogers. Huge power and she moves fast around the court as well.
 
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puppybutts

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I like how Coco is ranked miles ahead of the other two while being more than a year younger with actual title wins, and TTW can only talk about how overhyped she is. Now suddenly people are saying Raducanu and Fernandez will win a slam first and are more talented.
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
Assuming Gauf's serve continues to improve she's going to be very tough to beat. LF can fly under the radar while Coco and Emma get all the press (and pressure). Great to see all 3 doing well! lol Emma's smokifyng Rogers right now.
 

a12345

Professional
Well Raducanu just made the 1/4 finals of the US Open, Gauff has made 1/4 of 1 slam which was French open.

Raducanu hasnt dropped a set yet.
 
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Aabye5

Hall of Fame
Raducanu will win her first Slam before the other two I think...but they are three very talented young players.
 
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fed1

Professional
I like how Coco is ranked miles ahead of the other two while being more than a year younger with actual title wins, and TTW can only talk about how overhyped she is. Now suddenly people are saying Raducanu and Fernandez will win a slam first and are more talented.
Coco is way overhyped, if you can’t concede that you’re not paying attention.
Coco may be ranked “miles” ahead of them now but Raducanu and Fernandez are much more technically sound than Coco.
 
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ttwreader

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Emma already won 7 matches without losing a set at this year US Open, including 3 qualifying matches. Very impressive.
 
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Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
I honestly haven't seen any of Radu this tournament so only going on scorelines it looks impressive when you're crushing people and barely losing games, but Fernandez has the 2 biggest wins of the tournaments so I'd give her much more credit for those than what ER has done so far personally. But then again maybe the easier draw will help Raducanu later, and the much tougher one will hurt Fernandez, or perhaps the opposite will happen.
 

puppybutts

Semi-Pro
Coco is way overhyped, if you can’t concede that you’re not paying attention.
Coco may be ranked “miles” ahead of them now but Raducanu and Fernandez are much more technically sound than Coco.
I didn't say she wasn't overhyped at all, but ok. I'm simply pointing out it's hypocritical to say Coco isn't worth the hype but the others are when she's the only player of the three who's proven herself the most on tour while also being the youngest. tbh I thought Fernandez would keep pace with Coco a year or two ago up the rankings, but she kind of stagnated again until USO this year.
 
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