September 11, 2021

Qualifier Emma Raducanu Wins U.S. Open: Emma Raducanu won the 2021 U.S. Open over Leylah Fernandez, becoming the first British woman to win a grand slam in 44 years and the first qualifer to even reach a slam final. Radecanu, 18, never lost a set in the entire tournament.

posted by rcade to tennis at 06:22 PM - 5 comments

That is a hell of a run. Has anything like that ever happened in tennis before? Maybe in the early days? How about since 1960?

posted by NoMich at 09:10 PM on September 11, 2021

I can't think of anything in the Open era (1968-) to compare to this. She didn't win it on a fluke, either. She was completely dominant.

My sister flew to New York City to see early rounds (and was part of the crowd caught in the hurricane). I've never watched the US Open as much as I have Wimbledon, but this was a great time. There's nothing better than a close match that reaches the final set before a fired-up Open crowd. Leylah Fernandez had several of them in a row.

posted by rcade at 10:17 PM on September 11, 2021

We were rooting for Fernandez, but I can't be mad about Raducanu's whole US Open story. I hope these two players can establish a nice rivalry over the next 10 or so years.

posted by NoMich at 07:36 AM on September 12, 2021

Wow! That is incredible. Congratulations to her!

posted by bender at 11:51 AM on September 12, 2021

Two amazing young athletes, agree with NoMich on the burgeoning rivalry.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:36 AM on September 13, 2021

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