Written by Amani Nilar
12 Sep, 2021 | 7:16 pm
(News 1st): Britain’s 18-year-old Emma Raducanu became the first qualifier to capture a Grand Slam title as she defeated Canada’s 19-year old Leylah Fernandez at the U.S. Open women’s tennis final on Saturday.
The 150th-ranked Raducanu completed her Grand Slam fairy-tale by beating Fernandez in straight sets – 6-4, 6-3 – to be crowned champion.
She is also the first British woman in 44 years to win a Grand Slam title.
Raducanu is the youngest US Open champion since Serena Williams in 1999 and the first U.S. Open women’s champion not to drop a set since Williams in 2014.
She also became the youngest Grand Slam champion since 17-year-old Maria Sharapova won at Wimbledon in 2004.
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