A remarkable achievement has been scripted on September 12 as an 18-year-old Emma Raducanu became the first qualifier in the Open Era to win the US Open final. The achievement came after defeating 19-year-old Fernandez of Canada- 6-4, 6-3. She is the youngest to win the US Open since 2004. She became the first woman from her country to win a Grand Slam title since Virginia Wade won the 1977 Wimbledon crown. Emma just spent an hour and 51 minutes writing tennis history that too is the longest match she played in her tournament ever.
Emma was born in Canada but her parents are natives of Romania and China respectively. Raducanu started playing tennis at the age of five. She attended Newstead Wood School, a selective grammar school in the London Borough of Bromley, where she obtained an A* in mathematics and an A in economics in her A-levels. As a child, she participated in various sports and activities, including golf, karting, motocross, skiing, horseriding, tap dancing, and ballet.
Raducanu ranked 338 in the world and was awarded a wildcard into the main draw at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. She reached the fourth round on her major debut. Two months later, she entered the qualifying competition for the 2021 US open. After reaching the main draw, she went on to become the first qualifier, male or female, to reach a Grand Slam singles final.
She was number 150 in the world rankings when she came to New York to play qualification for this year’s final Grand Slam tournament. She had to win three matches to get to the main event, and then she won seven more matches – all without giving upsets.
Many people around the corner of the world praised her victory. It was Queen Elizabeth II, among the first to pay tribute to Raducanu’s remarkable win. “It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is a reward to your hard work and dedication,” the British monarch said in a statement.
The last thing Raducanu did before she arrived in New York was to lose to Danish Clara Tauson (18) in a tournament for young players who knock on the professional door. However, Raducanu has had the fewest Slam starts of any women’s Slam winner. By this, she could reach the fourth round in July at Wimbledon in her only prior Slam appearance.
“I also want to thank the audience for making me feel at home, right from my first match in qualifying. You helped me through some difficult moments, and I hope we gave you a good match today,” Raducanu said after the final.