Raducanu ‘shocked’ by US Open glory as she admits ‘PRAYING not to make a double mistake’ after timeout
Emma Raducanu ‘shocked’ by US Open glory as British teen admits she ‘PAYED not to make a double mistake’ after last minute medical timeout threatened to derail her New York dominance
- Emma Raducanu won the US Open with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Leylah Fernandez
- The 18-year-old Briton made history as the first qualifier to win the Grand Slam. won
- Raducanu had to keep her cool in the final set as she took a medical break
- The teen opened up her post-match emotions after making history
As Emma Raducanu tucked the US Open under her arm and gazed in wonder at the adoring Flushing Meadows crowd, the Briton thought back to a final set she “couldn’t believe” she had won.
On a night of tennis to remember, Raducanu completed her relentless breakdown of the New York league with a 6-4 6-3 win over Leylah Fernandez.
She became the first qualifier to win the Open and ended Britain’s 44-year wait for a female Slam winner – all without losing a single set.
Emma Raducanu wouldn’t let go of her US Open title after triumphing in Saturday’s final
The British star stormed to victory with a 6-4 6-3 win over Leylah Fernandez in New York
Speaking to British great Tim Henman, right after the winning swing and her joyous collapse on the pitch, Raducanu held on tight to her trophy.
“It’s not sunken at all,” the teenager said. “Honestly, I’m still so shocked. I can’t believe I made it through that last shift. I don’t want to let go of this trophy now.
“Yesterday and this morning there were some weird feelings, I didn’t know what it was, but when I got on the track I felt completely at home and it was business as usual. I think we both played incredible tennis.’
The 18-year-old’s attitude took the toughest test yet in the final set, when her stranglehold on the procedure finally slipped inches from the glory.
Raducanu’s power proved too much for Fernandez as she leaves New York without losing a set
Raducanu had just missed two match points and she suddenly looked upset for the first time as Fernandez took control in a determined final push.
As Raducanu stretched for another testing Fernandez cross-court forehand, she grazed her knee and blood began to trickle down her shin.
A medical time-out was called and the future champion took a deep breath and was patched up as Fernandez angrily complained to the referee, complaining that her new-found rhythm had been disrupted.
When she got back to work, Raducanu quickly recovered and took a famous victory.
Raducanu had to use a medical time-out well into the last set after a scrape to her knee
Fernandez complained to the referee that the late stoppage disrupted her rhythm
“I knew I had to dig deep,” she added.
“Somehow I fell and I thought it would throw me off balance because I had to serve.
“I just didn’t pray for a double fault. We got through it and just staying in the moment and focusing on the process and the mindset really helped through those tough times.”
The Brit was handed the title by the legendary Billie Jean King when she undoubtedly won the first of many Grand Slams.