Emma Raducanu reacts after reaching US Open final
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Emma Raducanu reached the US Open final on Thursday night, after a shock win over 17th seed Maria Sakkari. The 18-year-old is now just one win away from landing her first-ever grand slam title, as well as a huge payout.
Raducanu has now come through nine matches in New York City, as she originally had to qualify for the US Open.
But, the 18-year-old is yet to drop a single set in a remarkable journey.
Sakkari was the favourite to make it through to the grand final on Saturday night, but it was Raducanu that made light work of the Greek.
Raducanu is now the youngest British grand slam finalist since 1959, when Virginia Wade reached the Wimbledon final.
US Open prize money
This year’s US Open will have the largest prize money available in history.
The total prize money stands out £41.4million ($57.5m), and will be shared out between all of the players.
Both men and women will receive equal prize money for each round.
Every singles player that makes it to the first round proper was guaranteed £54,000 ($75,000).
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Raducanu is now guaranteed at least £900,000 ($1.25m) after reaching the US Open final.
If she manages to beat Leylah Fernandez on Saturday night, she’ll earn the top prize of £1.8m ($2.5m).
Whether Raducanu wins the US Open or not, she’s still on track to become the UK’s highest-paid sportswomen in 2021.
If she loses the final, her prize money will still four times as much as she’s earned throughout her entire career so far.
“With the US Open’s greatest return — fans on-site and full draws across all competitions — we know that 2021 will be an historic year for this great tournament,” said Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis and US Open Tournament Director.
“We determined our round-by-round prize money allocations by engaging in an open dialogue with the players and the management of both tours.
“We applaud their collective leadership in directing the 2021 US Open prize money to benefit the maximum number of players.”
The women’s final between Raducanu and Canadian Leylah Fernandez will take place on Saturday September 11.
It’s due to take place at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City.
Play will get underway from 4pm in the US, which is about 9pm in the UK.
The match is expected to last no longer than three hours.
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