She did it! Britain’s Emma Raducanu is crowed US Open Champion

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Britain’s Emma Raducanu has completed a Grand Slam fairytale by beating Canadian Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 in the battle of the teens to be crowned US Open champion.

The 18-year-old became the first-ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam title and the first British woman to win a major trophy since Virginia Wade triumphed at Wimbledon in 1977.

The British teenager not only became the first qualifier ever to scoop a slam, she did it without dropping a set which has not been done at the US Open since Serena Williams achieved it in 2014.

She won the tournament defeating Maria Sakkari, Elina Svitolina, Shelby Rogers, Sara Sorribes Tormo, Zhang Shuai and Stefanie Vogele prior to beating Fernandez in the final. 

On receiving the trophy and cheque for $2.5 million Emma told the crowd:

“First of all, I really want to congratulate Leylah and her team, she played some incredible tennis and has beaten some of the top players in the world. The level was extremely high and I hope we play each other in many more tournaments and hopefully finals.

“As for this three weeks in New York, I would say having such a supportive team, the LTA my agent, and everyone back home watching on TV, thank you so much for your support over the years.

“Thank you for making me feel so at home from my first qualifying match, you have spurred me on in some difficult moments and I hope me and Leylah put on a good match today.”

When asked how it felt to be presented the trophy by British tennis legend Viginia Wade Emma continued:

“It shows the future of women’s tennis and depth of the game is so great, every player in the draw has a shot at winning any tournament, I hope the next generation can follow in the steps of some of the legends, for example Billie Jean right here.

“It means so much to have Virginia Wade here and also Tim Henman, British icons and for me to follow in their footsteps… it gave me the belief I could do it.”

Immediately after the match a statement was sent from Her Majesty the Queen saying: 

“I send my congratulations to you on your success in winning the United States Open Tennis Championships. It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is testament to your hard work and dedication. I have no doubt your outstanding performance, and that of your opponent Leylah Fernandez, will inspire the next generation of tennis players. I send my warmest good wishes to you and your many supporters.”

Britain’s new No1, who was ranked world No338 before this summer’s Wimbledon, now has the sporting world at her feet.

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