Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates the winning goal to defeat Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada during the second set of her women’s singles final on day 13 of the US Open 2021 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2021. (Photo by Elsa / Getty Images)
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Emma Raducanu is the first British woman in 44 years to win an individual Grand Slam title.
The 18 year old defeated Leylah Fernandez, a 19 year old from Canada, and won 6-4 6-3 in the US Open final.
Their showdown lasted an hour and 51 minutes and was the first major tennis final between two teenagers in 22 years.
Saturday night’s match had a dramatic final when Raducanu was forced to take medical time out after skidding on the pitch and injuring her leg while trying to return a ball.
It is an extraordinary, unprecedented achievement for Raducanu, who came 150th in the world in the US Open.
She didn’t drop a set during the entire tournament and played a total of 10 games, including three in qualifying.
No qualifier had ever reached a slam final – and Raducanu is not only the first woman to win a title in just two tournaments, but also the youngest champion since Maria Sharapova’s triumph at Wimbledon in 2004.
Every rally between Raducanu and Fernandez was fiercely competitive, with both women reading each other’s games in a way that their previous opponents failed to.
The last British woman to win a major tennis trophy was Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.