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Emma Raducanu won the US Women’s Open on Saturday and stunned the tennis world by becoming the first player to win the Grand Slam trophy after entering the tournament through the qualifying rounds.
The 18-year-old from Kent is the first British woman to win a major tournament since Virginia Wade’s victory at Wimbledon in 1977. Raducanu maintains the relentless efficiency she displayed for two weeks in New York, defeating his fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez of Canada 6 -4, 6-3.
The historic victory will strengthen Raducanu as a household name in Britain, if not around the world. From the qualifying rounds to Saturday’s final, she did not drop a set against 10 opponents in two and a half weeks.
Saturday’s most unlikely final between two unclassified teenagers – the first such final in Grand Slam history – offered Raducanu his own challenge and met a counterpart in Fernandez known for her composure against former champions.
“I knew I would have to dig deep,” Raducanu said of a breaking point in the decisive second set. Wade and fellow British tennis legend Tim Henman encouraged in Queens, “it gave me the conviction that I could really do it”.
Congratulations to Raducanu immediately began pouring in on social media, including from the Queen. In a signed post on her official Instagram, she writes that Raducanu’s victory is “a remarkable achievement at such a young age”.
Sports Marketing Experts predict Raducanu could become the new face of British tennis, with sponsorship interest likely to extend beyond its slim portfolio of current fans, Wilson and Nike.
Born in Toronto as a Chinese mother and Romanian father, she moved with her family to the United Kingdom, and is a product of the Lawn Tennis Association’s talent development scheme. Earlier this weekend, Raducanu said her biggest achievement in tennis was a $ 25,000 prize during a 2019 tournament in Pune, India.
Her performance in Queens is just Raducanu’s second appearance in a major tournament, following her breakout race at Wimbledon in July. There she becomes the youngest British woman to advance to the round of 16, before having to retire with acute breathing problems.
Since then, Raducanu has put together a winning moment this summer over a series of tournaments in North America, which have built confidence by advancing to the quarterfinals and finals on the U.S. tour and looking from San Francisco to Chicago.
“I think I built with every game,” Raducanu said on Thursday after her semifinal.
Saturday’s championship, played on a brilliantly bright afternoon in front of a packed stadium, was an exciting showcase of the next generation of women’s tennis. Fernandez, who turned 19 on Monday, went through an impressive series to advance to the final, defeating defending champion Naomi Osaka and former world number one Angelique Kerber.
She fought back tears after a defeat and told the crowd she wanted to be back next year and paid tribute to the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. years, ”Fernandez said.
The two women have known each other since their youth, but only defeated each other once more in the early rounds of Wimbledon Juniors in 2018 when Raducanu defeated Fernandez in sets.
Raducanu said it hopes their championship meet on Saturday will be the first in a long competition.
“I think it’s a sign that the future and depth of women’s tennis is very big at the moment,” she said. Of Fernandez, she added: “I hope we play against each other in many more tournaments and hopefully finals.”