The 18-year-old has created history to become Britain’s first female grand slam winner since Virginia Wade way back in 1977
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Emma Raducanu has become the first British woman to win a tennis grand slam in 48 years as she completed a remarkable success at the US Open in New York.
The 18-year-old qualifier beat Canadian Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 to secure a barely believable victory.
Raducanu, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon earlier this year, didn’t drop a set en route to winning the tournament.
The teenager made history as she becomes the first qualifier to win the Grand Slam, beating 17th seed Fernandez in the process.
Unknown to many prior to her stellar performance at Wimbledon, Raducanu has gone some way to establishing herself as one of the brightest tennis stars on the planet.
Showing her composure time and time again, Raducanu fended off swathes of momentum from Fernandez throughout the first and second set to secure a memorable victory.
Serving for Championship point, Raducanu mustered up an ace at the most crucial stage before collapsing to the floor in disbelief.
The latter stages of the final played witness to dramatic scenes after the 18-year-old was the subject of a medical time-out due to a cut knee.
Once the bleeding had been stemmed, Raducanu recovered quickly to end the 53-year wait for a Great British woman to win the US Open.
In what is already a remarkable story, just three months ago Raducanu was sitting her A-level exams in hometown Bromley, UK.
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