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Emma Raducanu defeated Lelah Fernandez in the US Open women's singles final


Two unseeded teenagers – Emma Raducanu and Lelah Fernandez – defied the odds as first-time Grand Slam finalists to compete for the US Open women's singles title on Saturday.

In the end, Great Britain's Radukanui, 18, came out on top, defeating Canada's Fernandez, 19, in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

Radukanu is the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam, the first British woman since Virginia Wade in 1968 to win the US Open singles title and the youngest female player to win a Grand Slam title since 17-year-old Maria Sharapova. Won Wimbledon in 2004.

Both women had historic runs to reach the final. Raducanu beat top-20 players (No. 11 Belinda Bencic and No. 17 Maria Sakkari) in the quarterfinals and semifinals, while Fernandez defeated two former US Open champions (No. 3 Naomi Osaka and No. 16 Angelique Kerber). The third and fourth rounds, followed by two top-five players (No. 5 Elina Svitolina and No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka).

Here are the best moments from the first All-Ten US Open final since 1999!

It was a star-studded event at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Right out of the gate, Radukanu took an early 2-0 lead.

But Fernandez wasted no time, breaking back to level the first set at 2-2.

Both women put on a show, but it was Radukanui who managed to take down Fernandez 6-4.

And just like that, it was one set down, one to go.

Fernandez came out swinging in the second set, saving triple-break points to hold at 1-1 early on.

Raducanu jumped out to a 5-2 lead, but Fernandez didn't give up.

He pulled off a crucial hold to survive and pull within 5-3…

… And with momentum on his side, Fernandez fought to give himself a chance to break Radukanu's serve.

But Radukanu skinned his knee during the game and needed an injury timeout to stop the blood flow. When he returned to action, Radukanu finished the set 6–3 to win the match.


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