The women's singles of the US Open 2021 was historic, in many ways, as well as extremely important. Emma Raducanu became the first tennis player to win a Grand Slam tournament starting from qualifiers after the straight sets wins over her peer Leylah Fernandez.
The very young British tennis player did it even without losing even a partial in the ten games played at the US Open, for a total of twenty sets won and zero lost. The records signed by Raducanu are so numerous, that it is impossible not to think about the future and all the results that the player born in 2002 could achieve during her career di lei.
But it's not just about titles and records. A Slam women's singles final was more watched than the men's singles one. 2.44 million viewers watched Emma Raducanu play Leylah Fernandez as opposed to the 2.05 million who watched Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic face off.
US Open 2021: most watched women's singles final of men's singles one!
According ESPN, the match among the two teenage athletes peaked at 3.4 million viewers between 6 and 6:15 EST, which represents ESPN's highest peak of the tournament and an increase of over 37 percent from last year when Naomi Osaka faced off against Victoria Azarenka.
About her US Open wins, Emma said: "I feel great. Everything that has happened in the last 72 hours has been really fun and exciting. It was challenging, but I can't complain because I had an incredible experience in New York.
I am grateful for the things I have done. I am really happy. It still doesn't seem true to me, but every now and then I'll remember winning the US Open. US Open? It still doesn't seem true to myself" When I was little I never imagined all these opportunities existed even off thecourt (she refers to the MET Gala, ed).
It's great to meet people and interact with personalities from different sectors. At the MET Gala I met experienced people, already realized, and it was nice to know their points of view on things. This experience opened my eyes.
I saw the greatest players win Grand Slam tournaments, make their dreams come true, and share great moments with the team, family and friends. I think it was the most special night of my life. It has been nice to talk to my team, to think back over the last three weeks.
Future? I will use this week to unplug from tennis, because the last few weeks have been intense yet rewarding. I worked hard and a whole week of rest will be needed. I'll probably go back to work on Monday. As for my schedule, I believe I will play the Indian Wells tournament, but I don't know yet. I will definitely go back to London before playing my next tournament. "