Britain’s Emma Raducanu (18) defeated Canada’s Leylah Fernandez (19) in the final of the Women’s 2021 US Open. As a result, Britain won the women’s singles Grand Slam for the first time in 44 years. Virginia Wide had previously won Wimbledon in 1977 for the United Kingdom. It’s a bit of déjà vu for British fans. In 2012, Andy Murray became the first British male tennis player in 77 years to win a Grand Slam after defeating Serbian tennis sensation Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open. Let’s take a look at 18-year-old Emma Radukano’s journey in the US Open 2021.
Emma Raducanu’s Journey to the US Open 2021
18-year-old Emma Raducanu defeated Leylah Fernandez in straight sets in Arthur Ashe Stadium to win the US Open 2021.
Emma Raducanu, who had a career high rating of 150 last month, traveled to New York to compete in the qualifying round for US Open. Raducanu did not lost a single set in the event from the first three qualification matches until the final. She had a perfect record in the event, winning all ten of her matches in straight sets.
Emma Raducanu faced a seeded opponent for the first time in the quarter-finals. Belinda Bencic, a professional tennis player from Switzerland, was her opponent. Emma Raducanu earned a lot of confidence coming into the semifinal after defeating Belinda Bencic (6-3, 6-4). She then defeated Maria Sakkari, the 17th seeded Greek player, 6-1, 6-4.
Emma Raducanu’s final match opponent Leylah Fernandez had her ups and downs during the competition. she dropped numerous sets and had to battle hard for every triumph from the third round to the semifinals. However, it should be mentioned that Leylah faced stronger opponents in the knockout stage than Raducanu. She faced the 3rd seed Naomi Osaka in the third round, the 16th seed Angelique Kerber in the fourth round, the 5th seed Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals, and the second seed Aryna Sabalenka in the semifinal.
Among the finalists, Leylah Fernandez felt confident in her ability but as the match began, Emma Raducanu gathered momentum and won the first set 6-4. Raducanu was on fire in the second set, having the greatest percentage of first-serve wins (72 percent). She also received 81 points, compared to Leylah Fernandez’s 68 points.
Emma Raducanu, overwhelmed with excitement after winning the match in front of 24,000 spectators at the Arther Ash stadium. She lied down on the court and covered her face with her hands.
Raducanuis broke several records after winning the US Open, including the first qualifier to win a Slam in the Open era, the youngest women’s Slam champion since Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004, and the first woman to win the US Open without dropping a set since Serena Williams in 2014. Emma climbed up to number 23 in the WTA rankings and received $2.4m in prize money.
A Quick Look at Emma Raducanu’s Short Career
Emma Raducanu was born in Toronto, Canada. Her family moved to England when she was two years old. Raducanu’s parents are of Chinese and Romanian ancestry. She is an excellent student who received A’s in both mathematics and economics at A-Level.
Emma began playing tennis when she was five years old and made her WTA professional debut in June at the 2021 Nottingham Open.
Later, she competed at Wimbledon 2021 as a wild card entrant, reaching the fourth round on her Grand Slam Singles debut. She was forced to withdraw due to breathing difficulties during her fourth-round match against Ajla Tomjanovich. Raducanu also competed in the US Open series and WTA 125 tournaments before taking part in the US Open on August 25.
Tennis fans are often wondering who will lead women’s tennis in the future following the eras of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. Emma Radukano’s strong attitude and aggressive style of play in the US Open 2021 have already drawn the attention of many experts and enthusiasts. Emma Radukano has a strong chance of becoming one of the top players of this generation if she can stay injury-free. On the other hand, British tennis fans will expect her to mark a new era of tennis in the United Kingdom.
Source: United News of Bangladesh