Besides being the only qualifier who has ever gone on to win a major trophy, Emma Raducanu got her name written in the history books near Serena Williams’s after becoming the first woman to win the US Open without dropping a single set since the American pulled off the feat in 2014.
At that time, Serena Williams confronted Caroline Wozniacki in the final act, the match ending with a double 6/3 for the American tennis icon. “Emma Raducanu's dominant US Open performance reminds us of a certain someone,” the Grand Slam’s social media team wrote on Twitter along with a collage featuring Emma Raducanu and Serena Williams holding the US Open trophy.
“Emma Raducanu wins US Open without losing a set. First woman to do so since Serena Williams in 2014,” says the text on the collage.
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How did Raducanu beat Fernandez
Emma Raducanu won the 2021 US Open after vanquishing against Leylah Fernandez in the women's singles final on Saturday at Flushing Meadows.
The 18-year-old qualifier from the United Kingdom defeated the 19-year-old Canadian in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. Raducanu began with a break in the opening set and, despite being broken back, kept her nerve long enough to take the set and the match lead.
Fernandez began the second set imposing her own rhythm and broke Raducanu early on. Even so, Fernandez was unable to solidify the break and immediately handed it back. Then, Leylah went on to lose her own serve, while Raducanu had no trouble extending the lead.
Raducanu saved a couple of break points in the ninth game of the set while serving for the title before converting the win on her first championship point. After conquering US Open, Emma Raducanu will break into the top 30 from her former position, place 150.
“A surprise. Yeah, honestly, I just can’t believe it. A shock. Crazy. All of the above,” Raducanu said after winning the first Grand Slam of her career.