UK’s Raducanu makes history with US Open victory

Emma Raducanu, 18, is the first British woman in 44 years to win Grand Slam title and the first qualifier to win a major.

Britain’s 18-year-old Emma Raducanu became the first qualifier to capture a Grand Slam title by defeating Canada’s Leylah Fernandez, 19, in the US Open women’s tennis final on Saturday.

The 150th-ranked Raducanu completed her Grand Slam fairytale by beating Fernandez in straight sets – 6-4, 6-3 – to be crowned champion.

She is the first British woman in 44 years to win a Grand Slam title.

Not since Virginia Wade in 1977 at Wimbledon had a British woman won a major tournament, with Raducanu the first Briton to claim the US Open crown since Wade in 1968.

Raducanu also became the youngest Grand Slam champion since 17-year-old Maria Sharapova won at Wimbledon in 2004.

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