The 18-year-old British teenager Emma Raduacanu scripted history as she defeated Leylah Fernandez of Canada to win the US Open 2021 on Saturday. 150th ranked Raducanu defeated 73rd ranked Fernandez in straight sets (6-4, 6-3) to clinch the title. Raducanu became the first British woman to win the Slam title in 44 years after Virginia Wade in 1977 at Wimbledon. After 17 years old Russian beauty Maria Sharapova’s triumph at Wimbledon in 2004. She became the only woman to win in straight sets after Serena Williams in 2014. Raducanu dominated the entire tournament, as she didn’t lose a single set from her qualifying round to the main rounds.
While the runner-up 19-year-old Fernandez had ousted defending champion Naomi Osaka, second-ranked Aryna Sabalenka, fifth seed Elina Svitolina and three-time Slam winner Angelique Kerber in her epic run to the final.
After winning the prestigious title of US Open 2021, Raducanu will now rise 127 places in the world rankings which will be published on Monday, becoming the British No 1 and ranked world No 23. After the match, 18 years old said that she would like to congratulate Leylah and her team on an incredible fortnight, she’s beaten some of the best players in the world and it was a difficult match with a high level. “I hope we can play each other in many more tournaments and hopefully finals” Raducanu further added.
Virginia Wade was also present at Arthur Ashe Stadium to witness Raducanu’s win and was the last British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon in 1977.
After the win, Queen Elizabeth II was one of the first to congratulate Raducanu on her remarkable win. ” I send my congratulations to you on your success”. said, the Queen. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also congratulated her in a tweet that, it was a sensational match and the entire nation is proud of her.