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Emma Raducanu is first British woman to win grand slam title since 1977, beats Leylah Fernandez at 2021 US Open

Emma Raducanu, 19, of Bromley, London, England, United Kingdom is the winner of the women’s singles at the 2021 United States Open Tennis Championships. It was the 141st edition of the annual hard court tennis tournament.

On September 11, 2021, Raducanu won the women’s singles title by beating Leylah Fernandez, 19, of Canada 6-4, 6-3 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, New York, USA. Fernandez defeated defending champion Naomi Osaka, 23, of Japan in the third round.

This made Raducanu the first British woman to win a grand slam since 1977 when Virginia Wade, now 76, of Bournemouth, England won the women’s singles title at the 1977 Wimbledon Championships in Wimbledon, London. Raducanu is of Romanian and Chinese descent.

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Raducanu turned professional in 2018. She is the third teen to win the U.S. Open women’s singles title since 2000 following Bianca Andreescu, then 19, of Canada in 2019 and Maria Sharapova, then 19, of Russia in 2006.

Moreover, Raducanu is the first woman to win US Open without losing a set since Serena Williams, then 33, of the U.S. in 2014. The match between Raducanu and Fernandez is also the first all-teenage major final since Williams defeated Martina Hingis, then 19, of Switzerland at the 1999 US Open.

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Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Raducanu is an only child. Her father Ian Raducanu is from Bucharest, Romania while her mother Renee Raducanu is from Shenyang, China.

Ian and Renee let Emma try ballet, golf, motocross, tap dancing, swimming, horse-riding and go-karting aside from tennis when their daughter was young. In 2004, the family moved to Bromley.

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