Emma Raducanu’s US Open Dominance Rekindles Impressive Serena Williams Statistic

Published 09/11/2021, 4:28 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 07: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women’s Singles final match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)


During her illustrious career, Serena Williams set incredibly high standards in women’s tennis. En route to winning six US Open titles, the 39-year-old created unprecedented records. One of those records includes her dropping the least number of games en route to the final.

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British teenager Emma Raducanu brought this statistic to light as fans took note of her dominance in this year’s US Open.

Serena Williams dropped the least number of games in 2013 to reach the US Open final

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During the 2013 US Open, Williams looked unstoppable. While she reached the final without dropping a single set, she dropped just 16 games in a sheer display of dominance. She won a gruelling final against Victoria Azarenka that year in three sets.

2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Eleven. Serena Williams of the United States celebrates her victory against Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine hitting balls to the spectators after the Women’s Singles Semi-Finals match on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5th, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Prior to that, she dropped just 19 games in 2012 to set up a final against Azarenka, which she won in another three-set battle. In 2002, Williams dropped 22 games before reaching the final, where she faced her sister Venus. Her last appearance in this record list is at the 2014 US Open, where she dropped 26 games before reaching the final.

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Emma Raducanu dropped just 27 games in this year’s US Open

While the Briton started this tournament as a qualifier, she embarked on an impressive run in the main draw. Despite making just her second Grand Slam appearance, Raducanu dropped just 27 games in Flushing Meadows. In addition, she’s yet to drop a set in the entire tournament.

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Today, she takes on another surprise opponent in Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez. The 19-year-old claimed major scalps in her giant-killing run to the final, which adds a different element to this historic final.

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Who will walk out of the Arthur Ashe Stadium as a maiden Grand Slam winner? Only time will tell.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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