Raducanu beats Leylah to win US Open 2021 women's singles title

The Briton won in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hour, 51 minutes to become the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam in the Open era.

Emma Raducanu kisses the US Open championship trophy after defeating Leylah Fernandez during the women's singles final of the US Open on Sunday.   -  AP

Emma Raducanu of Great Britain overcame Canada's Leylah Fernandez to clinch the women's singles US Open title on Sunday in New York.

The Briton won in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hour, 51 minutes to become the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam in the Open era. Raducanu also became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam major in 44 years, after Virginia Wade lifted the Wimbledon trophy in 1977.

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Continuing her dream run at the US Open, Raducanu maintained a clean slate with a straight-set victory in the final. She has now won 10 matches on the trot-- three qualifiers and seven in the main draw-- without dropping a set. 

Raducanu and Fernandez, both unseeded players, were playing in the first all-teen grand slam final since the 1999 US Open final when a 17-year-old Serena Williams beat an 18-year-old Martina Hingis.

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