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Emma Raducanu: British 18-year-old makes tennis history with US Open final win
- Time of issue:2021-09-13 17:20
Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women's singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sep 11, 2021. Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
It has taken a mere handful of tennis matches for Emma Raducanu to transform herself from complete unknown to global superstar. This is just Raducanu’s second grand slam main draw appearance and no woman in the Open era had ever won in so few attempts. At 18, she is the youngest grand slam champion since Maria Sharapova in 2004.
Raducanu beat fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 to end Britain's 44-year wait for a women's Grand Slam singles champion. Virginia Wade was the last British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title - at Wimbledon in 1977.
In an unprecedented run Raducanu became the first qualifier to win a major and has done so without dropping a set.
"A star is born," tennis legend Martina Navratilova said. "Emma Raducanu makes history and she is just getting started."
The Queen led the congratulations to Emma Raducanu after the 18-year-old clinched the US Open title with a stunning victory in New York.
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