Emma Raducanu achieved one of the greatest athletic achievements of all time, winning the US Open at just 18 years old.
The teenager – remarkably qualified for the tournament – produced her short-career performance to defeat Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 and become the youngest British woman to win a major tournament in 44 years.
Ripping the record books, Raducanu became the first major British winner since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.
Incredibly, she didn’t lose a set en route to the final and lost just 34 games in seven matches.
Two months after bursting onto the stage at Wimbledon, ranked 361st in the world, a month after achieving her A-level results and 13 days after entering qualifying in New York, the 18-year-old has now sealed the one of the most remarkable sporting achievements. all time.
The teenager will take home a cash prize of £ 1.8million – more than eight times her current career earnings – as well as 2,000 ranking points, taking her from her current ranking of 150 to 23.
Raducanu got off to the best start, holding his serve confidently in the opener, then seizing his sixth 2-0 scoring opportunity.
But Fernandez got rid of all his nerves to retaliate directly, with the two young women immediately showing why they had conquered it all before them in New York.
Each rally was hard-fought, no woman dodged the opportunity to strike the first blow but reading each other’s games in a way neither of their previous opponents had succeeded.
A brilliant comeback from Raducanu – possibly the coup of the tournament – amassed two set points in Game 10.
Fernandez saved the two and a third, but on her fourth opportunity the British teenager punched a forehand down the line to take it 6-4.
Raducanu again threatened to break for a 2-0 lead in the second set, only for Fernandez to put her disappointment behind her and save three break points.
The Canadian then broke the serve to lead 2-1, but Raducanu came back with what turned out to be the decisive break of the game.
A four-game winning streak brought her to the brink of victory, but Fernandez didn’t finish, saving two match points to force Raducanu to try and serve him.
To add to the tension, the British player was forced to take an injury timeout after grazing her leg while sliding towards the ball, much to Fernandez’s dismay.
Raducanu saved the break point, and another, before bringing up his third match point. And this time, she took it – with an ace, sealing a phenomenal 6-4 6-3 win.
Tim Henman backed Raducanu to add more Grand Slam titles to his first US Open win.
“What she accomplished, the second grand slam and the way she went about it, she will earn more, she is so good,” he told Amazon Prime.
“This is not a flash in the pan or a fairy tale. She plays in the top five in tennis.
“Her world is going to be turned upside down but she has good people around her. It will be a hell of a trick if she can stay injury-free. “
Politicians from all parties have added their voices to the mountain of online support for British tennis star Emma Raducanu.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: ‘What a sensational game! Congratulations to @EmmaRaducanu You have shown extraordinary talent, composure and courage and we are all extremely proud of you.
While Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said Raducanu “made us so proud”.
TV presenter Piers Morgan, meanwhile, called Raducanu a “champion” and said his victory was “one of the greatest achievements in the history of British sport”.