Raducanu is British Romanian Chinese and Fernandez is Canadian Ecuadorian Filipino
Tennis stars Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez have reached the US Open Final.
Raducanu beat Greek 17th seed Maria 6-1 6-4 whilst Fernandez knocked out Belarus’s Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 4-6 -6-4.
18-year-old Raducanu was born in Toronto to Ian Renne who came from Bucharest and Shenyang respectively. The family moved to England when Raducanu was 2-years-old.
19-year-old Fernandez was born to an Ecuadorian father and Canadian Filipino mother.
“My mental toughness has come from years and years of hard work and blood. On-court and off-court sacrifices,” Fernandez said after securing her place in the final.
“I just I really wanted to be in the final. I fought for every point.”
Raducanu is the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam singles since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.
“I had no idea of this record,” Raducanu said. “It obviously means a lot to be the first in the final for so long. Crazy, cool. To be here in New York for three weeks is just absolutely mind-blowing for me.”
The US Open Final will take place on Saturday 11 September 2021.
In related news, Raducanu recently praised English footballer Marcus Rashford for his support after she exited Wimbledon.