British tennis player Emma Raducanu wins US Open women’s final
On Saturday Emma Raducanu made history by becoming the first British woman to claim the grand title in 44 years, since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.
Beating Canadian star Leylah Fernandez with a 6-4 6-3 victory sent a shock in tennis history, making Emma Raducanu became the youngest British winner as an 18 year old of a major title.
The tennis player from Kent had come through qualifying to make it into the main draw at Flushing Meadows in New York. Emma Raducanu did not drop a single set while making her way to the final.
She became the first qualifier in the Open era to win a grand slam and will go from No. 150 to No. 23 in the world ranking on Monday.
She said, “It’s an absolute dream. I’ve always dreamed of winning a Grand Slam. You just say these things. You say, I want to win a Grand Slam. But to have the belief I did, and actually executing, winning a Grand Slam, I can’t believe it.”
There was a mid-game medical time out as Emma Raducanu had sliced her knee open when sliding for a ball. The tennis player Leylah Fernandez was unhappy at the medical time out.
Despite what the statistics might say, Raducanu insisted that winning the US Open was not a easy as she made it look.
She added, “I’d say even though I didn’t on paper drop a set, I think I faced a lot of adversity in every single one of my matches. “I can pick moments where I was down. Just to come through those are important. I think what I did very well this tournament was press in the moments that I really needed to.”
Congratulations for Emma Raducanu began pouring in on social media immediately, including from the Queen on her official Instagram. She wrote Raducanu’s win “is a remarkable achievement at such a young age”.