Original article from Kent Live
Kent’s Emma Raducanu has won the US Open women’s singles title after beating Leylah Fernandez of Canada 6-4 6-3 in the final.
Bromley-raised Raducanu threatened to break for a 2-0 lead in the second set, only for Fernandez to save three break points.
The Canadian then broke serve herself to lead 2-1 but back came Raducanu with what proved the decisive break of the match.
A run of four straight games took her to the brink of victory but Fernandez was not finished, saving two match points to force Raducanu to try to serve it out.
To add to the tension, the Raducanu was forced to take an injury timeout after grazing her leg sliding to the ball, much to the annoyance of Fernandez.
Raducanu saved the break point, and another, before bringing up her third match point. And this time she took it – with an ace, sealing a phenomenal 6-4 6-3 victory.
Raducanu fell to the court in disbelief before climbing into the stands to celebrate with her team, who had arrived in New York simply targeting a place in the main draw.
The teenager will take home prize money of £1.8million – more than eight times her current career earnings – as well as 2,000 ranking points, which will move her up from her current standing of 150 to 23.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “What a sensational match! Huge congratulations to @EmmaRaducanu You showed extraordinary skill, poise and guts and we are all hugely proud of you.”
Tim Henman backed Raducanu to add more grand slam titles to her maiden victory at the US Open.
“What she has achieved, second grand slam and the way she has gone about it, she will win more of these, she is that good,” he told Amazon Prime.
“This is not some flash in the pan or fairy tale. She is playing top five tennis.
“Her world will be turned upside down but she has good people around her. It will be a hell of a ride if she can stay injury free.”
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