Emma Raducanu wins 2021 US Open against Leylah Fernandez
Emma Raducanu did it, she became the first female British Grand Slam champion since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.
Two teenagers went head to head in the final of the US Open as Raducanu played Fernandez with the Brit winning 6-4 6-3. The first set started off with some great plays by both tennis players. Raducanu had early break points which Fernandez saved with some stellar play but ultimately she was able to go up 2-0. Fernandez would come right back to make it 2-2 and after that, both players settled in nicely. Fernandez was a bit indecisive throughout the set which gave Raducanu several chances. The British player ultimately converted a set point at 5-4 to win the opening set with 6-4.
It was a very closely contested set with Raducanu simply played a little bit more aggressively. She also picked her spots to do so a bit better which created 10 break point chances with 2 being converted. Both hit 11 winners but Raducanu had one error less. The start of the 2nd set featured much more aggressive play from Fernandez.
It was fruitfully early as she broke Raducanu to take the lead. Unfortunately, she did not hold it for long as Raducanu pulled it right back. She took a 3-2 lead with a strong hold before breaking Fernandez to take a 4-2 lead. Another strong hold gave her the 5-2 lead and she came very close to winning the match and her maiden Grand Slam title.
In the end, Raducanu closed it off with 6-3 in the final set capturing her first grand slam title. A remarkable run by the British player who won 7 main draw matches and 3 qualifying ones not dropping a single set all event. A well-deserved win for Raducanu who seems destined for many more. Congratulations.