British tennis player, Emma Raducanu has written her name in the history book of the game by ending her country’s 44-year wait for a women’s Grand Slam singles champion.
The 18-year-old beat fellow teenager, Leylah Fernandez to win the US Open in the most thrilling style.
The 18-year-old ended her scarcely believable run in New York with a 6-4 6-3 win over her 19-year-old Canadian opponent in a high-quality final.
After winning the tournament, elated Raducanu threw herself to the floor in disbelief. She won the tournament as she fired down an ace to conclude what has been the most remarkable journey.
Raducanu served for the match at 5-3 but cut her leg as she went break point down. This led to a medical time-out and a clearly irritated Fernandez expressing her frustration to the match official.
However, Raducanu shrugged off the delay, saving a further breakpoint before closing out her third championship point.
The two shared a warm hug before Raducanu headed up the stairs at Arthur Ashe Stadium to celebrate with her support box.
Emotional Virginia Wade, who was the last British woman to win a major trophy at Wimbledon in 1977 was in the stand to cheer Raducanu to victory.
Reacting, she said it means so much to her to see the last winner routing for her.
“It means so much to have Virginia Wade here and also Tim Henman. They are British icons and for me to follow in their footsteps gave me the belief I could do it,” Raducanu said in her on-court speech.
Raducanu now becomes:
The first British female winner at Flushing Meadows since Virginia Wade in 1968
The first qualifier in the Open era to win a SlamThe youngest women’s Slam champion since Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004The youngest Briton to win a Grand Slam titleThe first woman to win the US Open without dropping a set since Serena Williams in 2014
With this win, she will go home with £1.8m in prize money. She also rises to number 23 in the world rankings and will become the British number one on Monday.
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