Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates profitable match level to defeat Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada through the second set of their Women’s Singles last match on Day Thirteen of the 2021 US Open on the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2021. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Emma Raducanu has develop into the primary British girl in 44 years to win a Grand Slam singles title.
The 18-year-old overpowered Leylah Fernandez, a 19-year-old from Canada — profitable 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 night time’s match had a dramatic finale as Raducanu was pressured to have a medical day out after skidding on the court docket and hurting her leg as she raced to return a ball.
It is a unprecedented, unprecedented achievement for Raducanu, who got here into the U.S. Open ranked 150th on this planet.
She did not drop a set throughout the whole match, taking part in 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 girl to win a title in as few as two tournaments, Raducanu can be the youngest champion since Maria Sharapova triumphed at Wimbledon in 2004.
Each rally between Raducanu and Fernandez was exhausting fought, with each girls studying one another’s video games in a approach their earlier opponents did not handle to do.
The final British girl to hoist a significant tennis trophy was Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.