The fairy tale of Emma Raducanu is complete. She had to play qualifications at the US Open to get to the main draw. The 18-year-old British was in charge of everything and everyone in New York. Leylah Fernandez also went for the ax in the final with 6-4 and 6-3.
Surprises are much more common in women’s tennis than in men’s tennis, but nobody had expected a final Racudanu – Fernandez. An 18 year old British against a 19 year old Canadian. In the beginning it was a struggle for every point. Raducanu led 2-0, but Fernandez broke back immediately.
Raducanu is a player who likes to take the balls quickly after the bots and she also set the pace particularly high in this final. For example, the benjamin of these finalists brought her opponent into time trouble. That became more and more noticeable from 4-4.
Raducanu has the answers
Fernandez showed her character. After losing the first set, she was 1-0 behind in set 2 and it also became 0-40 on her own serve. From that position, Fernandez fought her way to 1-2, with the support of the crowd. It suggested that a third set was possible, but it was mainly a short flare-up. After all, Raducanu was the player who continuously had the answers to her opponent’s game.
Fernandez did clear two match balls and came to break point in the next game. There was then a medical time-out, because there was blood on Raducanu’s leg. After the game resumed, the British put it right and finished it off fantastically with an ace. In the second Grand Slam of her career, her first Grand Slam title is a fact. She didn’t give away a single set.
In addition to the women’s singles, the mixed doubles also concluded with the final. Joe Salisbury, who previously won the men’s doubles with Rajeev Ram, also took the mixed doubles title with Desirae Krawczyk. The Brit and the American beat Arévalo and Olmos 7-5 and 6-2.