Britain’s Emma Raducanu completes the Grand Slam fairytale in New York on Saturday.
18-year-old Emma Raducanu is the newly minted women’s champion of the US Open with a thrilling 6-4, 6-3 victory over Canadian Leylah Fernandez.
Ranked No. 150 in the world, she became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title and the first British woman to hoist a major trophy since Virginia Wade, who was watching from courtside, triumphed at Wimbledon in 1977.
Emma Raducanu became the youngest Grand Slam champion since 17-yr-old Maria Sharapova’s triumph at Wimbledon in 2004.
She also shoots up from 150th to number 23 in the world rankings on Monday.
“It’s an absolute dream,” beamed Raducanu, “I’ve always dreamed of winning a Grand Slam. You just say these things.
“You say, I want to win a Grand Slam. But to have the belief I did, and actually executing, winning a Grand Slam, I can’t believe it.”