Sport has always given us amazing stories to tell, and this one is no better. 18-year-old qualifier Emma Raducanu goes all the way enroute to her first ever WTA career title, and it’s a big one – A Grand Slam. That too, at the US Open. It has been an incredible run by the British teenager, who incidentally has Romanian parents and was born in Canada, but she classifies herself as British and is really proud to be one.
Emma Raducanu is a new name in town, and we are pretty sure we are going to see more of her in the coming years. But right now, as tennis lovers, we must enjoy this incredible achievement by Emma. The manner in which she dispatched all her opponents enroute to the title is something that needs to be talked about for years to come. Her run at the US Open was a pretty lengthy one, and that’s because she had to go through a qualifying round before the main event took place. Here’s how Emma Raducanu literally steam-rolled her opponents to the US Open crown.
At The Qualifying Round
vs Bibiane Schoofs – 6-1,6-2
vs Mariam Bolkvadze – 6-3, 7-5
vs Mayar Sherif – 6-1,6-4
US Open Main Draw Stage
1st Round: vs Stefanie Voegele – 6-2,6-3
2nd Round: vs Shuai Zhang – 6-2, 6-4
3rd Round: vs Sara Sorribes Tormo – 6-0, 6-1
4th Round: vs Shelby Rogers – 6-2,6-1
Quarterfinal: vs Belinda Bencic(11) – 6-3, 6-4
Semifinal: vs Maria Sakkari (17) – 6-1, 6-4
Final: vs Leylah Fernandez – 6-4, 6-3
From all the 10 victories above, you can see that Emma Raducanu did not drop a single set all tournament, and that is simply stunning by the 18-year-old. Some of her victories, especially against recent Olympic Gold Medalist Belinda Bencic and 17th seed Maria Sakkari, will be one of her best victories in the tournament. But beating a fellow teen (19-year-old Leylah Fernandez) in one of the biggest matches of her career, will always remain etched in Emma’s memory.
It was a stellar US Open run by Emma Raducanu, and as fans of tennis, we hope and pray that she continues this amazing quality of tennis in the years to come. She’s definitely one of the rising stars in Women’s Tennis! Ranked 150th in the World, the US Open win will surely boost her rankings, and who knows in a few years time, the World No.1 ranking will soon be calling. Lets hope. Till then, its fingers crossed.