Two teenagers wowed the world by reaching the American Grand Slam tennis final, but in the end, the younger of the two, Emma Raducanu, displayed the calm nerves and unwavering determination of a champion to beat Leylah Fernandez for the title.
Even though Fernandez, 19, who appeared to crush every ball during the tournament, saved two match points in the second set, Raducanu, 18, persevered for the win, 6-4, 6-3.
Raducanu sacrificed some of the skin on her left knee in the effort as she glided over it in an attempt to take down a shot at the end of the second set. The injury resulted in a medical time out.
The two rocked the tennis world as they climbed to the final at Flushing Meadow. Raducanu, from Great Britain, was ranked 150th. Fernandez of Canada was ranked 73rd and just turned 19 on Monday. Neither has been seeded. In fact, Raducanu became the first professional-era qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament.
Both women are of Asian descent and Fernandez is also Latino. Together, they got a lot of the world to applaud while wondering which finalist they should go for on a hot New York afternoon.