Its the most unlikeliest US open final ever when Emma Raducanu meets Leylah Fernandez on Saturday. Most impressive of the two leading up to the final is unheralded Canadian Leylah who beat the number two(Sabalenka) and three seeds(Osaka) to reach it. Will focus on how she did it against the heavily fancied Belarussian. I will kick things off by saying Aryna served way too many double faults in this one. All the other service stats were positive in her favor including the first serve percentage(68% to 58%) and 70% of points won on first serve. But the 8 double faults were her undoing. That alone can be interpreted as 2 games lost to love on account of them. I got to be honest with you she is the one who lost the match rather than Leylah winning it. Saba started the first set well breaking the Canadian’s serve early to take a 2-0 lead but Fernandez quickly recovered. The forehand down the line was Aryna weapon of choice in the first set breaker’s opening two points. From there it went south for her. As I alluded too, she was her own enemy, the unforced errors , man. How poor was that backhand at 6-3?
Second set was more like it from the second seed. She opened by breaking Leylah to love. The point of the match, 2-1 Sabalenka with her 30-0 up. Leylah playing with fire with the backhand slice, it just cleared the net cord. The backhand pass to win the point needed to have pace on it and it did. I love the way Saba won games in this set to love, there is nothing like a good love game to set you up for a decider. Great serve and volley to win the set at 5-4(40-0). On to the third set, both players having traded breaks, game back on Sabalenka’s serve with Leylah leading 4-3(30-15). Look, for once there is nothing she could have done about the backhand down the line, not even a player from Mars. You need a bit of luck in tennis to get you over that line, Leylah had it in this match along with skill of course. Losing a match on your serve at 5-4 indicates being put under pressure and the way it ended shows. Another unforced error this time on the forehand might have delighted Leylah but crushed Aryna(Check out her disappointment on the top of the screen). She had every reason to be crushed. This will probably be her best chance at winning Slam for the first time with her being the only top 10 seed remaining in the tournament.