'This is crazy': Tennis world in shock over teen havoc at US Open

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Carlos Alcaraz (pictured left) in shock after winning his match, Emma Raducanu (pictured middle) smiling after her win and and Leylah Fernandez (pictured right) pumping up after a point.
This year's US Open has seen the emergence of three 18-year-old superstars in Carlos Alcaraz (pictured left), Emma Raducanu (pictured middle) and Leylah Fernandez (pictured right). (Getty Images)

The tennis world is in disbelief as three 18-year-old rising superstars have stolen the headlines at this year's US Open.

On the weekend, British teen Emma Raducanu produced a sublime performance to defeat Spaniard Sorribes Tormo 6-0, 6-1 in 70 minutes.

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Raducanu became the youngest British woman to advance to round four of the US Open since 2012 and is set to take on Shelby Rogers after the American defeated Ash Barty.

On Monday, Naomi Osaka conquerer, Canadian Leylah Fernandez came from behind to defeat three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2.

The 18-year-old set up a mouth-watering quarter-final showdown with Elina Svitolina in the quarter-finals.

And not long after Fernandez's victory, Spanish 18-year-old backed up his win over World No.3 Stefanos Tsitsipas to defeat Peter Gojowzyyk in another five set thriller 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.

The Spaniard, who was referred to by Fernandez herself as the 'right-handed' Rafael Nadal, showed incredible steel in the final set to runaway with the match.

His win made him the youngest US Open men's quarter-finalist since Brazilian Thomaz Koch in 1963.

The trio have made history, with the last US Open to feature at least one man and woman 18 years old or under in the Round of 16 dates back to 1998.

To make it more impressive, the last grand slam to feature at least one man and woman 18 years old or under in the Round of 16 was the Australian Open in 2005.

And Monday's results for both Alcaraz and Fernandez, reaching the quarter-final, sent the tennis world into a spin.

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Emma Raducanu set for US Open history

Following her remarkable fourth round win at the US Open, the British teen commented on the success of 18 year olds at the grand slam.

"I think we all inspire each other to play better," she said of Fernandez and Alcaraz.

"Because for me today, I wanted to join them in the 2nd week as well, so that was an extra bit of motivation."

The 18-year-old Raducanu, who burst onto the scene earlier this year by reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon in her first Grand Slam appearance, was utterly dominant against Sorribes Tormo.

Raducanu, who came to New York ranked 150th in the world, has breezed through all three of her matches without dropping a set and won a hugely impressive 79 per cent of her first-serve points while smashing 23 winners past her hapless opponent.

She now faces Shelby, who shocked the tennis world after defeating World No.1 Aussie Barty.

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