Emma Raducanu of Britain beasts Leylah Fernandez to win her first US Open title on Sunday. She is now the first British woman to lift the title in 53 years while also being the first British woman in 44 years to win a singles Grand Slam title. Raducanu is now Britain’s number 1 ranked woman’s tennis player while taking a huge leap forward in the World Rankings to 32nd in the world.
Emma Raducanu's storybook run ends with the 🏆 in New York! pic.twitter.com/esLsw4TQNY
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 11, 2021
The clash between the two teenagers ended 6-4, 6-3 in the favour of Raducanu who is now the youngest Grand Slam champion since Maria Sharapova in 2004. The all-teenage major final was the first since the 1999 US Open when Serena Williams defeated Martina Hingis to lift her first Grand Slam singles title.
The 18-year-old started her year as world number 345 and soon moved on to number 338 in the first round of Wimbledon this year. Raducanu entered the fourth round at Wimbledon where she had to retire from the match due to breathing difficulty mid-game. However, her performance boosted her ranking to world number 179. She was later ranked at number 150 before the US Open. Now her win takes her to world number 32 with one of the biggest jumps in rankings of the sports so far.
The young Grand Slam winner has received applause and appreciation from the whole English nation including
The Royal Family, the Prime Minister and other public figures of the country.
'I have no doubt your outstanding performance, and that of your opponent Leylah Fernandez, will inspire the next generation of tennis players.'
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 11, 2021