Emma Raducanu was bound and determined to set up an all-teenager final at the US Open on Thursday night.
The 18-year-old Great Britian star flew through her semifinal match at Arthur Ashe Stadium and beat No. 17 Maria Sakkari in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 to earn her spot in the final.
Raducanu is playing in her first US Open and just her second Grand Slam, following a Round of 16 appearance at the French Open earlier this year. She is now the first British woman to reach the final in New York since 1977, and it will be the first all-teenage women's final since Serena Williams and Martina Hingis squared off in 1999.
She’ll now take on Canada’s Leylah Fernandez in the finals on Saturday, after Fernandez pulled off yet another upset in her semifinals by beating No. 2 Aryna Sabelanka in a battle earlier on Thursday night.
Raducanu flew through her opening set, and needed just 36 minutes to put Sakkari away. She looked well on her way to closing out her sixth-straight match at the tournament in straight sets — including her previous two against American Shelby Rogers and No. 11 Belinda Bencic.
Sakkari, after struggling early on, came out hot in the second set and won a quick first game without dropping a point.