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The 18-year-old is the first British woman to win a grand slam since Virginia Wade

Jamie Braidwood
Sunday 12 September 2021 01:22
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Emma Raducanu becomes first British woman in 44 years to win Grand Slam title

Emma Raducanu has beaten Leylah Fernandez to win the US Open and complete one of the most remarkable and unlikely triumphs in British sporting history.

The 18-year-old becomes the first British woman to win a grand slam singles titles since Virginia Wade in 1977 and is the first qualifier, male or female, to win a grand slam title.

In a dramatic final which delivered tennis of the highest order, Raducanu prevailed 6-4, 6-3 to win the tournament without dropping a set in New York.

The Briton needed a medical timeout in the penultimate game of the match after grazing her knee, before coming back on court to hold her serve, sealing the win with an ace.

Follow all the reaction below after Emma Raducanu defeats Leylah Fernandez to win the US Open :

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Leylah Fernandez is overwhelmed by the reaction of the crowd on Arthur Ashe.

“It’s incredible, I’ve no idea what to say,” she says. “Emma played amazing. I’m very proud with how I’ve played over the past two weeks. It’s been so special for me. Thank you New York.”

Fernandez played some stunning tennis over the past two weeks and is undoubtedly a future grand slam champion. “I hope to be back in the final, and next time the trophy.”

Jamie Braidwood11 September 2021 23:27
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The moment the match was won. An unforgettable point in British sport.

Jamie Braidwood11 September 2021 23:24
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They’re playing Sweet Caroline at Arthur Ashe, as Emma Raducanu breaks out into the widest smile and starts to sing along.

The legendary Billie Jean King will hand over the US Open trophy to Raducanu.

Jamie Braidwood11 September 2021 23:21
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I’m struggling for words right now, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

What have we just seen?

Emma Raducanu can’t believe it either.

Jamie Braidwood11 September 2021 23:19
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Emma Raducanu 6-4 6-3 Leylah Fernandez

Raducanu makes her way up to her box to exchange hugs with her team and coach Andrew Richardson. This is just wonderful.

Leylah Fernandez looks on distraught.

Jamie Braidwood11 September 2021 23:14
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Can you believe this?! Emma Raducanu has just completed one of the greatest victories in tennis and British sporting history.

The 18-year-old qualifier has re-written history and is a Grand Slam champion. Incredible.

What a final, what a tournament, what a last game! The drama!

Jamie Braidwood11 September 2021 23:13
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Emma Raducanu 6-4 6-3 Leylah Fernandez

Fernandez’s return clips the net but Raducanu survives and hangs on, before Fernandez goes long. Deuce.

Raducanu goes back to her serve out wide but Fernandez somehow returns the forehand down the line. Raducanu keeps pushing but the defence is too good and Raducanu goes long.

Break point down, Raducanu plays another brilliant point and finishes it off with a smash!

She then goes big on the first serve to put Fernandez on the back foot. Championship point!

AND AN ACE! RADUCANU WINS THE US OPEN!

Jamie Braidwood11 September 2021 23:12
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*Emma Raducanu 6-4 5-3 Leylah Fernandez

Raducanu is back on court and has a dressing on her knee.

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*Emma Raducanu 6-4 5-3 (30-40) Leylah Fernandez

The umpire calls a medical timeout. What a time to stop the match!

Fernandez is not happy but the blood was running down Raducanu’s leg from the graze.

Jamie Braidwood11 September 2021 23:05
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*Emma Raducanu 6-4 5-3 (30-40) Leylah Fernandez

Raducanu takes a couple of tosses on her serve before firing a perfect shot out wide - but Fernandez’s return is strong and she works her way back before hitting the forehand winner.

Fernandez is then loose on the next forehand, she hits a wild shot wide. 15-15.

Raducanu goes back to the wide serve before following it up with a forehand winner as she steps into the court.

She hits a perfect serve down the middle but Fernandez somehow survives, and Raducanu can’t hit the winner at the net. 30-30.

And that’s just unbelievable from Fernandez. She hits two stunning shots into the corners, which Raducanu returned before Fernandez hit the winner!

But drama! In sliding to return the shot, Raducanu has grazed her knee and is now bleeding! She is back at her chair getting it dressed up.

She will come back to 30-40 and a break point for Fernandez!

Jamie Braidwood11 September 2021 23:05

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