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Emma Raducanu US Open Final Will Be Shown On Free To Air TV

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Emma Raducanu US Open Final Will Be Shown On Free To Air TV

Emma Raducanu's incredible run to the US Open final will culminate on Saturday night, and viewers in the United Kingdom can watch it on Free to air television.

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Tennis fans were glued to their TVs earlier this summer as teenager Raducanu had an incredible run to the fourth round of Wimbledon, in her first ever grand slam.

There was criticism over how certain people reacted when the then world number 338 had to retire in the second set of her last 16 match with Ajla Tomljanovic with breathing difficulties.

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Just months later she has roared back and incredibly become the first woman or man to reach the US Open final after coming through qualifying, not dropping a single set in her 18 matches on the way to facing Leylah Fernandes.

Fans in the UK have been able to follow her progress at Flushing Meadows on Prime Video up to now but on Saturday it won't be the only way.

Earlier in the day Channel 4 announced that they will be showing the final, which is due to start at 9pm UK time, with Prime Video sharing their feed.

Raducanu has been in incredible form. Image: PA Images
Raducanu has been in incredible form. Image: PA Images
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"Emma’s meteoric rise to secure a place in the US Open Final is just sensational," Channel 4's Chief Content Officer Ian Katz said.

"Emma’s meteoric rise to secure a place in the US Open Final is just sensational. We’re glad to have worked with Prime Video and pulled out all the stops to get it on air and I’m sure viewers will be thrilled at the prospect of watching Emma in this Grand Slam final."

Amazon are set to reinvest all the money from their agreement with Channel 4 into British women’s tennis "to support the next generation of female British talent."

The 18-year-old shot up to world number 186 after her amazing success at Wimbledon, but her run at SW19 has now been overshadowed by what she's done in America.

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Already her run to the final will see her jump up to number 32 in the world but she will end as the world's number 23 if she beats her Canadian opponent.

Though it ended badly, the British public loved Raducanu's run at Wimbledon. Image: PA
Though it ended badly, the British public loved Raducanu's run at Wimbledon. Image: PA

Fernandez's run to the last two has been nearly as remarkable as the Brits. The 19-year-old is only playing her fifth slam, and her first US Open.

Whilst she didn't have to qualify, Fernandez has had the tougher route in the main draw and beaten four seeds along the way, including defending champion Naomi Osaka and number two seed Aryna Sabalenka in the semi final.

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Fernandez celebrates amazing win over Osaka. Image: PA Images
Fernandez celebrates amazing win over Osaka. Image: PA Images

The two finalists actually met at Wimbledon in 2018 in the junior event, with Raducanu beating her opponent in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, when the Canadian was seeded.

Should she win, Raducanu would be the first woman to win a grand slam singles tournament since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.

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It would also be the second success for a Brit at this year's US Open, after Joe Salisbury, and partner Rajeev Ram, beat Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in Friday's final.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Tennis, US Open

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