WATCH: US Open 2021 Champion Emma Raducanu Sends Heartwarming Message For Fans

Published 09/12/2021, 12:14 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


18-year-old Emma Raducanu made history after lifting the US Open 2021 trophy. Not only did she become the first-ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam, but she also did that without dropping a set. For all of this, the teenager expressed gratitude towards the US Open for making it possible for her.

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In the final against 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez, Raducanu spent more than one hour and 25 minutes on court. Funnily enough, it was the longest time she needed to seal a victory in her last three weeks in New York.

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All the more, the final battle did not end without a touch of drama. During the climax of the second set, Raducanu bled her left leg and got a medical time-out. Notably, it did not go well with Fernandez; however, in the end, it was all smiles between the two.

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; (L-R) Leylah Fernandez of Canada and Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrate with the finalist and championship trophy (respectively) after their match 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

Emma Raducanu thanks US Open for her maiden Grand Slam title

Undeniably, the full-house New York crowd made their presence felt in every single match. They cheered, supported, and even lifted players during crucial moments. Without them, such an extraordinary event would not have been possible.

Accordingly, Raducanu made a video for everyone at the US Open and thanked them earnestly. Indeed, the three weeks would be a memory she would cherish lifelong.

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

In the video, she said, “Hey everyone at the US Open, thank you so much for all your support over the last three weeks. And for coming to the match today. I really really appreciate it. You really got me through some tough moments, so thank you so much. I hope to see you again here soon.”

From here on, Raducanu might try to enlist herself in the final eight for the WTA Finals. However, it would be another massive challenge.

Emma debuts in WTA Top 100

Before the US Open 2021, the British teenager was standing on the 150th spot in WTA Rankings. Now, she will leap to World No.23 when the rankings update on Monday.

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However, she is presently on #14 in the race for WTA Finals. Thus, Raducanu will need some big wins to push herself into this year’s Top 8.

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Do you think Raducanu will back her glory with more titles on the Tour? We will find that out soon.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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