Emma Raducanu insists "there’s no pressure" after making US Open final on debut
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Emma Raducanu's straight sets victory over Maria Sakkari means she will be the first British women to play in a major singles final in 44 years.

The 18-year-old has taken the tennis world by storm since her Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon back in July, and bounced back from having to withdraw from the home tournament at the next attempt.

Having won three rounds of qualifiers just to make it into the first round proper, wins have followed against Stefanie Vogele, Zhang Shuai, Sara Sorribes Tormo, Shelby Rogers, Belinda Bencic and Sakkari, all six coming by the way of straight sets.

Having been ranked 336th in the world before her run at Wimbledon, Raducanu is now on the verge of the top 30 having been assured her spot as British women's number one.

When asked if she took inspiration from fellow finalist Leylah Fernandez' victory over favourite Aryna Sabalenka earlier in the day, she said: "Honestly today I wasn't thinking about anyone else except for myself.

"While I have the moment I just really want to thank my team, the LTA and everyone back home for their support – I wouldn't be here without it.

"Tonight playing under the lights on Arthur Ashe, it's one of the most iconic things in tennis and I was just so excited to come out here and play in front of you guys. Thank you for coming."

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When asked for her thoughts over tomorrow's final, the Canadian-born Brit has explained why she hasn't been feeling under pressure due to little expectation before the tournament begun.

She said: "I mean, is there any expectation? I'm a qualifier, so technically on paper there's no pressure on me."

While Raducanu will be vary of the in-form Fernandez, she will be aware that the 19-year-old Canadian has never before been past the third round at a Grand Slam tournament.

Former British number one Tim Henman has been keeping a close eye on the progress of Raducanu, and he described her latest performance as "absolutely staggering" on Amazon Prime Video.

He said: "It's an absolutely staggering performance. If we just look at the way she came out and played, her quality of tennis from start to finish, she was so resilient. She never flinched.

"She never let up. It was relentless. And then you've got to throw in the scenario of being a qualifier, an 18-year-old, with all the legends who have ever played this game at grand slam level.

"She is the first person to qualify and reach the final. It's simply stunning."

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