Raducanu Makes History By Winning US Open Title

By Ibrahim Taiwo, The Nigerian Voice Sports

Emma Raducanu won the 2021 US Open women's singles title, and becomes the first British woman to win a Grand Slam title since Virginia Wade in 1977.

The 18-year-old Brit took out the Canadian teenager, Leylah Fernandez in straight sets 6-4 6-3 in one hour and 51 minutes.

Raducanu's win is historic. She is the first qualifier -- male or female -- to ever win a Grand Slam title. She also becomes the youngest women's major champion since 17-year-old Maria Sharapova won her 2004 Wimbledon crown.

This is Raducanu's second main draw appearance at a major, which would be the Open era record for the fewest attempts required by any woman to win her first championship.

Raducanu said in an on-court interview: "Thank you all for making me feel so at home, you've really spurned me on at some really difficult moments. I hope me and Leylah put on a good performance for you.

The score might make it look one sided, but the match was anything but. In a hard-fought first set, Raducanu broke Fernandez early to take the lead 2-0, but got broken immediately after to even out the match 2-2.

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Both the power players played long baseline games, pushing each other to break points and deuce several times in the first set. At 5-4 with Fernandez serving, Raducanu set up two set points, and after an eight-minute game, took the first set 6-4.

Fernandez came out strong in the second set, breaking Raducanu for the first time to take the lead in, 2-1. But, Raducanu wasted no time, immediately following it up by breaking Fernandez's serve for a 3-2 lead.

Raducanu came out to serve for the championship, but Fernandez didn't give up, going up 40-30, before succumbing to her deep first serve.

"The match point, I don't think I made one serve that wide in the whole match, to be honest," Raducanu said in the post-match press conference." I was, like, If I'm going to make it, this is going to be the time. I literally drove my legs up to that ball toss like never before.

"Yeah, I landed it. Just disbelief, trying to take everything in, all the moment."

The match was not devoid of controversy: When Fernandez led 40-30 at 3-5 in the second set, Raducanu took a medical timeout to treat a cut on her knee. The crowd, which was largely supportive of both the teenagers, was riled up, some fans even starting to boo the break. (ESPN)