US Open 2021 women’s final: Emma Raducanu wins first career Grand Slam in magical run to final as qualifier
In the most surprising Grand Slam result in the history of the sport, Raducanu won the U.S. Open title today Saturday, defeating Leylah Fernandez of Canada 6-4, 6-3, to conclude just the fifth tournament she’s ever entered at the highest level of women’s tennis.
The 18 year-old British teenage tennis superstar Raducanu will take home the trophy without dropping a set in her entire time at Flushing Meadows in New York. She’s is the first qualifier in the sport’s professional era to reach a Grand Slam final. The Open era began in 1968.
Ranked No. 150 in the world two weeks ago, Raducanu didn’t just beat everyone she faced in New York, she absolutely bulldozed the opposition, winning 20 straight sets including the three matches she played in the qualifying tournament just to get into the main draw.
Raducanu, who didn’t play competitively last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, had a semi-breakthrough at Wimbledon this summer when she reached the fourth round. But nobody, including herself, could have envisioned a run like this, becoming the first British woman since Virginia Wade in 1968 to win the U.S. Open.