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Coco Gauff and Leylah Fernandez keep teenage slam torch burning

Since Emma Raducanu’s explosion on to the scene on the US Open, it has been tough to place her outcomes into context. How do you measure the success of a participant who went from unknown to main champion within the area of 1 mad summer time?
Well, one place to start out is to have a look at her contemporaries. And this week, in Paris, they’re flying. 

At the beginning of play on Friday, 4 gamers born in or after 2002 – Raducanu’s beginning year – have been nonetheless within the girls’s singles draw. Two progressed to the fourth spherical: Coco Gauff and Leylah Fernandez, the lady Raducanu beat within the closing in New York final September.

Fernandez’s career has taken virtually as a lot of a lift from that occasion as Raducanu’s, as she leapt into the highest 20 virtually in a single day and attracted a surge of curiosity. It provides them a novel connection.

“We have just mutual respect for each other,” Fernandez stated on Friday. “When we see each other crossing the halls, practice courts, we always smile at each other, because we both know what we did was incredible.”

Like Raducanu, Fernandez has delivered a combined bag of outcomes since September – albeit with extra notable highlights. She gained the WTA 250 title in Guadalajara, and made a run to the final 16 at Indian Wells, however in any other case she has struggled to scrape two consecutive wins collectively. It makes her progress in Paris, up to now her finest efficiency at a significant barring New York, all of the extra vital.

The plucky pocket-rocket’s type is just not not like Raducanu’s: each benefited from the quick courts at Flushing Meadows, taking the ball early and shaving time away from their opponents, in addition to discovering tight angles to win factors. Both may also appear underpowered towards sure gamers, as we noticed with Raducanu’s performances in Paris forward of her second-round exit.
Fernandez received by her third-round match with pure grit, in a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 thriller towards Belinda Bencic, whom Raducanu had crushed within the US Open quarter-finals.

Gauff’s victory on Friday was spectacular too, for very completely different causes, as she flew by two managed and mature units towards Kaia Kanepi to win 6-3, 6-4. Kanepi’s is a reputation no participant needs to see within the draw at a significant, such is the Estonian’s propensity to upset the seeds, however Gauff made positive she by no means gave her a look-in.

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