Emma Raducanu vs Leylah Fernandez LIVE REACTION: Brit WINS US Open with stunning straight sets victory – latest updates

EMMA RADUCANU has won the US Open – WITHOUT dropping a set.

The 18-year-old defeated Leylah Fernandez in the final at Flushing Meadows to become the first British woman to win a major in 44 years since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.

It was also only Radacanu's SECOND major she's ever played in after this year's Wimbledon.

Follow ALL the reaction with our live blog below…

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  • James Orr

    SETTING THE STAGE

    And remember, Emma Raducanu won without dropping a set!

    Dominance from the 18-year-old in her only her second ever major.

  • James Orr

    CHAMP IS HERE

    Emma Raducanu has been pictured her newly won US Open trophy outside the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

  • James Orr

    HOMETOWN GIRL

    Emma Raducanu's hometown of Bromley hosted a massive celebration party after her US Open triumph last night.

    The 18-year-old tennis sensation won ten matches and didn't drop a single set throughout the tournament.

  • James Orr

    KNEE BOTHER

    Emma Raducanu was left needing medical attention after getting a nasty graze on her knee on the way to winning a sensational Grand Slam.

    The Brit golden girl, 18, was on the brink of a sensational Grand Slam win when she needed a Medical Time Out leading 5-3 in the second set.

    Sliding for a return, Raducanu scraped her knee on the hard court of Flushing Meadows.

    As blood ran down her knee, she was given three minutes to recover with the medic cleaning the wound and then applying a bandage.

    Canadian opponent Leylah Fernandez was clearly frustrated by the break in play, remonstrating with umpire Marijana Veljovic.

    It gave Raducanu a quick breather to collect her thoughts and then blast her way to an historic win – sealing a sensational fortnight with a Championship-winning ace.

  • Jack Figg

    The Queen has led tributes to Emma Raducanu’s "outstanding performance" while Kate Middleton and Prince William have praised her "incredible victory".

    The Monarch sent a warm congratulations letter to the 18-year-old superstar in person after she won the US Open last night.

    Raducanu beat Leylah Annie Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 at the Arthur Ashe stadium to become the first qualifier ever to win the tournament.

    She didn't drop a single set on the way to glory in one of the greatest sporting achievements of all time.

    The Queen led the tributes along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

    The Monarch said: "It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is a testament to your hard work and dedication.

    "I have no doubt your outstanding performance, and that of your opponent Leylah Fernandez, will inspire the next generation of tennis players.

    "I send my warmest good wishes to you and your many supporters. "

  • Jack Figg

    THE fairytale is complete.

    Emma Raducanu, in just her second Grand Slam at the tender age of 18, is US Open champion.

    Yes, you did read that correctly.

    Anyone predicting such an unlikely triumph at the start of what’s been a remarkable tournament would have been whisked away by the men in white coats in an instant.

    But one of the most astonishing displays from a Brit in any sport was complete when the equally impressive Leylah Fernandez was dispatched 6-4, 6-3.

    It has been 44 long years since one of our own girls – Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977 –  lifted a major and how proud the former SW19 champ was looking down on the new golden girl creating a piece of stunning tennis history.

    Raducanu not only became the first qualifier ever to scoop a slam, she did it without dropping a set. That’s not been done at the US Open since Serena Williams did it in 2014. 

    We are simply running out of superlatives to describe this incredible kid from Kent who has become just the fourth British woman ever to win one of the biggest titles in the world.

    Our new no1 who was ranked world no 338 before this summer’s Wimbledon now has the sporting world at her feet. She is now closing in on the top 20.

    This morning Raducanu is the name on everyone’s lips – and she deserves every single plaudit following this quite amazing glory charge in the Big Apple.

    When Raducanu was forced to play in the street with her dad during lockdown, not in her wildest dreams did she imagine walking out at the biggest tennis stadium on earth just a few months later vying for one of the four majors.

    Before the dramatic run to the fourth round Wimbledon she was virtually unknown, a girl waiting for her A-level results and contemplating which career path to take.

    Her pals were all looking forward to freshers week at university.

    But last night, the first British woman to reach the US Open final in 53 years is now on course to become one of the most marketable athletes in sport.

    The statistics surrounding her remarkable route to the final are quite something.

    She is now the first woman to lift a title in just her second Grand Slam appearance. 

    Raducanu began the first final against two unseeded players having not dropped a set in NINE games – three in qualifying, six in the main draw – which ensured her time on court was five hour less than Fernandez.

    The exuberance of youth means the extra minutes in the Canadian’s legs shouldn’t matter too much but Raducanu was fresh and ready for her moment of destiny.

    This talented pair last met at Wimbledon in the juniors, a match which was won by the Brit yet, boy oh boy, this was just a bit different.

    On the 2oth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack which ravaged this city, the atmosphere was crackling with emotion.

    It was the first time two unseeded players have faced one another in a major final.

    Fernandez’s run has been equally impressive – she has dumped out three of the world’s top five players – defending champion Naomi Osaka, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka.

    What a run from the 19 year-old. In comparison, Belinda Bencic, the world no 12, was the highest seed sunk by the magic racket of Raducanu.

    The new British no1 has made shaky starts in most of her games so far but she was on the money from the off, that now trademark powerful backhand firing early.

    Instead it was the world no 73 who looked in what was a lengthy opening service game. Five break points came and went but when the Canadian netted, the Brit steamed 2-0 up.

    Just what the doctor ordered. What wasn’t on the menu, however, was Raducanu being broken back straight away. 

    Fernandez pulled level for 2-2 and started really going for her shots. 

    This was a brutal, exhausting battle with neither player giving an inch. The quality on show from both teenagers was off the scale.

    It was so close, Fernandez saving three set points at 4-5 but when she crashed a sizzling forehand down the line, the first set was in the bag.

    Now the pressure was firmly on the young shoulders of the diminutive Fernandez. She’s one hell of a fighter though.

    A brave hold which saw her fend off break points kept the world no 73 alive and then it was Raducanu’s turn to hold after initially falling 0-40 down. She couldn’t keep the left-handed Canadian down though and the break duly arrived.

    The 23,000 packed in here roared their approval. In a flash though, that searing Raducanu backhand was powered crosscourt and we back level at 2-2 and a great serve at 40-30 in the next consolidated the break.

    The Brit’s return of serve is a massive weapon and when she jumped all over Fernandez in the next game, she broke again and moved 4-2 up.

    Now Fernandez was serving to stay in the match but she was out of juice. Raducanu had drained her of energy and resolve. 

    The Brit ace is a marvel and when the first match point arrived she fired a backhand long. Another one came and went as Fernandez rediscovered some fight but now was the chance to serve for the title.

    Could she do it? Well, cue drama. Sliding for the ball, she fell and cut her left knee. Blood was rolling down her leg so out came the medic with Raducanu 30-40 down and then the roars backing Fernandez. 'Let's go Leylah' screamed the crowd.

    The Brit was patched up and soon enough another chance for sporting immortality arrived.

    It was sealed with an ace. Of course it was. Is there anything this remarkable girl can't do? A superstar is born.

  • Jack Figg

    ‘FOOTSTEPS OF LEGENDS’

    More from Raducanu: “Leylah is always going to play great tennis and fight, that is why she is in the final, I knew I would have to dig deep.

    “I fell somehow and thought that would throw me off balance – I was praying not for a double fault! We got through it and focused on the process and mindset, that really helped in those tough times.

    “It shows the future of women’s tennis and depth of the game is so great, every player in the draw has a shot at winning any tournament, I hope the next generation can follow in the steps of some of the legends, for example Billie Jean right here.

    “It means so much to have Virginia Wade here and also Tim Henman, British icons and for me to follow in their footsteps… it gave me the belief I could do it.”

  • Joshua Jones

    HISTORY MAKER

    Just a reminder, the 18-year-old did not drop a single set across the entire tournament, including three matches of qualifying.

    Of 20 sets, she won all 20.

    In fact, she dropped just 34 games across the main draw and nobody got closer than 6-4 in any set.

    Emma also becomes…

    • The first British female winner at Flushing Meadows since Virginia Wade in 1968
    • The first qualifier in the Open era to win a Grand Slam
    • The youngest women's Grand Slam champion since Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004
    • The youngest Briton to win a Grand Slam title
    • The first woman to win the US Open without dropping a set since Serena Williams in 2014


    THE WINNING MOMENT

    And here it is.

    The winning moment.

    Drink it in.

    • Joshua Jones

      QUEEN OF NEW YORK

      That's right.

      Only The Queen herself sent a message of support to Emma Raducanu.

      She said: "I send my congratulations to you on your success in winning the United States Open Tennis Championships.

      "It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is testament to your hard work and dedication.

      "I have no doubt your outstanding performance, and that of your opponent Leylah Fernandez, will inspire the next generation of tennis players.

      "I send my warmest good wishes to you and your many supporters."

    • Joshua Jones

      GAME RECOGNISES GAME

      Plenty of support is flooding in for Emma Raducanu, unsurprisingly, who will rise from No150 from No23 in the updated world rankings on Monday.

      Among the many tweeting their congratulations are Marcus Rashford… oh and the QUEEN!

    • Joshua Jones

      MESSAGE TO LEYLAH

      Raducanu: "First of all, I really want to congratulate Leylah and her team, she played some incredible tennis and has beaten some of the top players in the world.

      "The level was extremely high and I hope we play each other in many more tournaments and hopefully finals.

      "As for this three weeks in New York, I would say having such a supportive team, the LTA my agent, and everyone back home watching on TV, thank you so much for your support over the years.

      "Thank you for making me feel so at home from my first qualifying match, you have spurred me on in some difficult moments and I hope me and Leylah put on a good match today."

    • Joshua Jones

      EMMA TIME

      Emma Raducanu receives a cheque for a cool £1.8million.

      But more importantly, she is handed the US Open women's singles trophy from the legendary Billie Jean King and lifts it aloft.

      Who wants to hear from the first British female Grand Slam champion since 1977, who did not drop a set in ten matches including qualifying and cannot even buy herself a drink in New York tonight?

      Oh, go on then!

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    • Joshua Jones

      MORE FROM LEYLAH

      Fernandez added: "It is incredible. I have no idea what to say. Today is going to be hard but Emma played amazing. Congratulations.

      "I am very proud of myself and having the New York crowd has been amazing. Thank you so much New York. Thank you everyone."

      On her parents: "You are amazing with me when I had my lows. Thank you for always having my back and believing in me.

      "I want to say I hope to be back here in the finals with the right trophy."

      More from Leylah: "I know on this day it was especially hard for New York and everyone around the US.

      "I love you New York and hope to see you next year."

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    • Joshua Jones

      WINNING HEARTS

      She may have fallen just short of winning the tournament, but Leylah Fernandez has certainly won a fair few hearts this fortnight.

      The Canadian is utterly endearing as ever – complete with her smile through the tears.

      And she finishes off with a poignant message for this city on this significant day.

      Fernandez said: "I hope to be back here in the finals, but next time with the trophy. The RIGHT trophy.

      "I hope I can be as strong and as resilient as New York has been the past 20 years."

    • Joshua Jones

      CEREMONY TIME

      Somehow we all need to compose ourselves for the presentation of the trophies.

      Leylah Fernandez is invited up to speak and receives a simply wonderful reception – and rightly so.

    • Joshua Jones

      PICTURE PERFECT

      How about this then?

      Here is the moment Emma Raducanu achieved the incredible…

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    • Joshua Jones

      SWEET CAROLINE

      This is just brilliant.

      Sweet Caroline booms out across Arthur Ashe Stadium – and the 18-year-old who sat her A-Levels three months ago – is singing along!

    • Joshua Jones

      MIXED EMOTIONS

      The two extreme emotions of sport are on display for all to see.

      Emma Raducanu, beaming, leaps up to see her team in the player's box.

      Leylah Fernandez sits alone in her chair, tears rolling down her cheeks.

    • Joshua Jones

      EMMA THE CHAMP

      Emma falls to the ground as the ball flies past her Canadian opponent.

      She realises what she has just done.

      The pair embrace on the court, smiles from both competitors.

       

    • Joshua Jones

      Raducanu 6-4 6-3 Fernandez

      Emma Raducanu has her third match point, this time on serve.

      And she absolutely NAILS a perfect serve out wide for just her third ace of the match!

      That's it!

      It's all over.

      Emma Raducanu is the US Open champion.

      You read that right.

      Emma Raducanu is the US Open champion.

    • Joshua Jones

      EMMA RADUCANU IS THE US OPEN CHAMPION

      Raducanu 6-4 6-3 Fernandez

      SHE.

      HAS.

      DONE.

      IT.

    • Joshua Jones

      Raducanu* 6-4 5-3 Fernandez

      Fernandez goes long at 30-40 for deuce but brings up another break point when she somehow stays in a point with a sublime lob before Raducanu goes long with the forehand up the line.

      It is back to deuce, though, as Raducanu shows nerves of steel.

      Then Raducanu forces Fernandez to go long…

      Match point No3….

    • Joshua Jones

      Raducanu* 6-4 5-3 Fernandez

      She is all strapped up and Emma Raducanu will step back out at 30-40.

      Here we go again…

    • Joshua Jones

      Raducanu* 6-4 5-3 Fernandez

      Raducanu takes her seat in her chair because she needs her knee sorting out.

      The trainer is on the court to wipe up the blood and strap up the wound.

      And Fernandez is not happy, moaning loudly to the tournament official as her opponent takes a medical time out.

      Emma could not do anything about this – it is simply a very unfortunate moment.

      But rules are rules, a player can't play while bleeding.

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