British Qualifier Emma Raducanu Wins US Open Tennis Championship

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18-year-old Emma Raducanu captured the U.S. Open in a straight-set 6-4, 6-3 victory over the 19-year-old Fernandez to cap a perfect three-week run as the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam title.

It is the first time a British woman has won a major title since Virginia Wade in 1977.

Raducanu scraped her left leg, drawing blood in the final game when she faced a break point, and needed to be bandaged up. Fernandez had words with the umpires about the four-minute break but it seemed legitimate.

Raducanu, with the area below her knee bandaged, came back, took the game and match, and fell to her back in joy.

Because her ranking of 150th entering the event forced her to go through the qualifying tournament, Raducanu needed 10 matches to win the Open. And the Brit never dropped a set, not even in the qualifiers, making it 20 straight sets to conquer Flushing Meadows like no player has ever done before.

It started with no fans at the qualifiers (they weren’t permitted onto the grounds because of COVID-19) to a jam-packed Ashe Stadium.

Fernandez upset marquee talents Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka to get to the final, but the glass slipper shattered on Saturday.

In the very broad picture, these are two new teenage stars on the circuit, making it even more difficult for Serena Williams to ever reach her last goal of trying Margaret Court for a record 24 majors. Williams is one away and missed the Open with a hamstring injury.

Early on, the fans were yelling out Leylah’s name almost predominantly, but as the first set carried on, plenty of voices were heard yelling, “Let’s go, Emma!’’

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