Britain’s 18-year-old Emma Raducanu became the primary qualifier to capture a slam title by defeating Canada’s 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez on Saturday within the US Open women’s final.
Raducanu, ranked 150th, was the first British woman in 44 years to win a Slam crown after dispatching 73rd-ranked left-hander Fernandez 6-4, 6-3. Not since Wade in 1977 at Wimbledon had a British woman taken a Slam singles title, with Raducanu the first Briton to say the US Open crown since Wade in 1968.
Wade and British men’s tennis legend Tim Henman were among a sellout crowd of 23,700 that created an electrical atmosphere at Ashe Stadium within the first-ever women’s Slam final between unseeded players.
The showdown of prodigy talents was the primary all-teen Slam final since 17-year-old Serena Williams beat 18-year-old Martina Hingis for the 1999 US Open crown.
Raducanu is that the youngest US Open champion since Williams in 1999 and therefore the first US Open women’s champion to not drop a group since Williams in 2014.