British tennis participant Emma Raducanu wins U.S. Open girls’s last
Emma Raducanu of Nice Britain celebrates successful match level to defeat Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada in the course of the second set of their Ladies’s Singles last match on Day 13 of the 2021 US Open on the USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Heart on September 11, 2021. (Picture by Elsa/Getty Pictures)
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Emma Raducanu has change into the primary British lady in 44 years to win a Grand Slam singles title.
The 18-year-old overpowered Leylah Fernandez, a 19-year-old from Canada — successful 6-Four 6-Three within the U.S. Open last.
Their showdown lasted an hour and 51 minutes, was the primary main tennis last between two youngsters in 22 years.
Saturday evening’s match had a dramatic finale as Raducanu was pressured to have a medical day trip after skidding on the court docket and hurting her leg as she raced to return a ball.
It’s a rare, unprecedented achievement for Raducanu, who got here into the U.S. Open ranked 150th on this planet.
She did not drop a set throughout all the match, enjoying a complete of 10 matches together with three in qualifying.
No qualifier had ever reached a slam last earlier than — and in addition to being the primary lady to win a title in as few as two tournaments, Raducanu can also be the youngest champion since Maria Sharapova triumphed at Wimbledon in 2004.
Every rally between Raducanu and Fernandez was laborious fought, with each girls studying one another’s video games in a manner their earlier opponents did not handle to do.
The final British lady to hoist a serious tennis trophy was Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.