18-year old Emma Raducanu scripted history on Saturday when she went on to win the US Open 2021 Women’s Singles after defeating Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hour and 51 minutes to become the first qualifier in the history to win a major title which is also her first WTA title since turning Pro.
Raducanu won the Grand Slam without dropping a single set throughout the tournament including the qualifying rounds and without having the need to go to a tie-breaker, the Brit did not play a single tie-breaker and the most number of games she lost in a single set, with that also happening in the qualifying and not the main-draw.
With such a huge feat accomplished by Emma, a great number of messages and wishes were directed towards her especially from Britain where she has quite literally become one of the favourites for all the upcoming competitions. Emma also received a congratulatory message from the Queen of England who praised the young teenager for her fantastic title run at the Slam.
“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,” read the Queen’s message.
Emma Raducanu set to break into the Top-30
Having started the tournament from the qualifying rounds as her rank was 150 in the WTA singles rankings, Emma is set to break into the Top-30 rankings after her heroics in New York. After her entry into the 2nd week of the Slam, it was confirmed that she will have a huge jump in rankings that will see her become the highest-ranked British woman in the upcoming updation of rankings.
As Emma became the 2nd player to win the US Open on her debut, the World No. 150 is expected to find herself on the 23rd spot in the new rankings that will be declared on Monday after the final Grand Slam of the season concludes. This gives Emma a jump of 117 places in the ranking from where she started the tournament.