Emma Raducanu of the United Kingdom beat Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada in the second set of the women’s singles final on the 13th day of the 2021 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2021. Celebrate the victory of the match points to break. Photo by Elsa / Getty Images)
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Emma Raducanu has become a British woman who won the Grand Slam singles title for the first time in 44 years.
18-year-old Leylah Fernandez, a 19-year-old from Canada, won the US Open final 6-4 6-3.
Their showdown lasted 1 hour and 51 minutes, the first major tennis final between two teenagers in 22 years.
Saturday night’s match had a dramatic finale. Raducanu slipped on the court, hurt his leg, and was forced into a medical time-out after racing to return the ball.
This is an extraordinary achievement for Raducanu, who ranked 150th in the world at the US Open.
She did not drop the set throughout the tournament and played a total of 10 games, including 3 in qualifying.
Qualifying has never reached the slam final. Not only is she the first woman to win the title in just two tournaments, she is also the youngest champion since Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004.
Each rally between Raducanu and Fernandez was a fierce battle. Both women were reading each other’s games in ways that their previous opponents couldn’t.
The last British woman to carry a major tennis trophy was Virginia Wade in Wimbledon in 1977.
British tennis player wins US Open women’s final
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