Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez Will Win a Lot of Grand Slams, Says British Tennis Legend

Published 09/30/2021, 7:33 AM EDT
Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


Emma Raducanu marked a resounding title victory at US Open 2021. She beat the Canadian star Leylah Fernandez in the finals to lift her maiden Grand Slam trophy in just her second Grand Slam appearance. The Brit became the youngest woman to win a major title since Maria Sharapova won the 2004 Wimbledon title. Raducanu was the first qualifier to grab a Grand Slam in the history of tennis.

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Everyone across the world of sports is praising the 18-years old. The three-time Grand Slam champion, Virginia Wade also applauded the phenomenal run of Emma Raducanu as well as Leylah Fernandez at the Flushing Meadows. She said it’s extremely challenging what both have achieved at the US Open.

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Virginia Wade lauds Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez

Virginia Wade, the former British player, embraced the heroics of Emma Raducanu. She started by saying, “To think that she had to play 10 matches in a row. It’s very hard to win 10 matches in a row. She didn’t lose a set and she’s first in every way you can think of. First qualifier to win, first British woman since I won 53 years ago.”

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, she added, “It’s a dream. You dream of doing that. In my mind, there are six to 10 players who are going to need to share the hardware over the next 10 years because they all look good. It’s impossible to win all of them, but I think you’re going to have Emma and Leylah doing their fair share of winning and staying up at the top.”

Alongside Raducanu, Wade was also impressed with Leylah Fernandez’s game. She believes both Raducanu and Fernandez deserved this achievement as both have performed extraordinarily.

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The Brit’s run at US Open 2021

After a splendid performance at Wimbledon 2021, Emma Raducanu entered the US Open as a qualifier. She cruised into her qualifying rounds with beating everyone in straight sets. On her way to the finals, Raducanu knocked out some talented players like Shelby Rogers, Maria Sakkari, and Belinda Bencic. She faced the 19-years old Leylah Fernandez in the finals of US Open 2021.

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

In the finals too, Raducanu dominated throughout the match to clinch her maiden Grand Slam title. The Brit lifted the trophy at New York without dropping a single set in the whole tournament.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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