Emma Raducanu wins US Open LIVE REACTION: Brit BEATS Leylah Fernandez in brilliant straight sets victory – updates

EMMA RADUCANU has won the US Open – WITHOUT dropping a single set.

The 18-year-old defeated Leylah Fernandez in the final at Flushing Meadows to become the first British woman to win a major in 44 years since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.

It was also only Radacanu's SECOND major she's ever played in after this year's Wimbledon.

Follow ALL the reaction with our live blog below…

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  • Ian Tuckey

    RADU-COOL MEETING WITH VIRGINIA

    Rarely has a meeting of tennis heroes past and present been more fitting than Emma Raducanu's hug with Virginia Wade.

    Raducanu is the first British women to achieve what three-time Grand Slam winner Wade, now 76, did decades earlier.

    The 18-year-old is Britain's first female Slam victor since Wimbledon 1977 and the only one at Flushing Meadows since 1968.

    Raducanu is just starting out on what some are predicting could be the greatest ever tennis career for a British female.

    And she needs two more Slams to equal Wade's career total!

  • Ian Tuckey

    DON'T KVIT WHILE YOU'RE AHEAD!

    Two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova added her praise for the "amazing story" of Emma Raducanu's US Open triumph.

    Czech left-hander Kvitova, 31, has only managed two quarter-final appearances so far at Flushing Meadows.

    But there was no sign of jealousy as she tweeted "huge congratulations!" to the Brit 12 years her junior.

  • Ian Tuckey

    I TOLD MCENROE 'STFU' OVER EMMA

    Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has slammed John McEnroe for comments he made after Wimbledon questioning Emma Raducanu's mental strength.

    The 18-year-old, who clinched her first Grand Slam title at the US Open on Saturday, retired from her fourth round match against Ajla Tomljanovic at the All England Club back in July on medical grounds.

    She was frequently holding her stomach and appeared to be hyperventilating on the court, before later explaining she had been suffering from 'breathing difficulties'.

    And seven-time Slam winner McEnroe said: "I feel bad for Emma, I mean obviously it got – it appears it got a bit too much, as is understandable, particularly what we've been talking about for the last six weeks.

    "How much can players handle? It makes you look at the guys that have been around and the girls for so long, how well they can handle it."

    Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, she said: "She has very much silenced those critics and I said that at the time 'STFU' [shut the f**k up] because you don't know what you're talking about.

    "She is a star in the making, this is just a hiccup. Little did I know what a small hiccup it really was in the grand scheme of things here.

    "I don't think those people will be talking anything about her mental fitness ever again."

  • Ian Tuckey

    JUDY MURRAY HAILS EMMA'S FEMALE ROLE MODELS

    Judy Murray posted a throwback snap of Emma Raducanu with Romanian tennis hero Simona Halep to underline "the importance of female role models in sport".

    Canadian-born Brit Raducanu's dad is Romanian while her mum is Chinese.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WHO'S THE RAD-DY!

    Emma Raducanu opened up about her parents not being able to attend her US Open triumph in New York, writes THOMAS BLOW.

    The 18-year-old Brit clinched her first Grand Slam title on her Flushing Meadows debut with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez on Saturday night.

    But she had to do it without her parents in attendance as they could not travel to New York due to the coronavirus restrictions.

    And their presence is the one thing which would have made Raducanu's remarkable night even more special.

    Speaking to reporters after her win, she said: "I speak to my parents, we don't really talk so much about tennis but they just really want to know how I am in these moments.

    "And, you know, to not have them here with me, I would have loved them to be here and we can all celebrate together or they could be with me and experience the same things but you know, they're watching from home very proud. 

    "My dad said to me 'you're even better than your dad thought' so that was reassuring.

    "My dad's definitely very tough to please but I managed to today."

  • Ian Tuckey

    HOW EMMA WIN RANKS IN TOP BRIT SPORT ACHIEVEMENTS

    SunSport's Cliff Hayes has compiled a top ten of Britain's greatest sporting successes – with Emma Raducanu's US Open win putting her up there with Botham's Ashes and Geoff Hurst's World Cup-winning hat-trick.

    Here's the full list HERE.

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    VIDEO OF EMMA, 15, URGING KIDS TO BEAT 'ADVERSITY'

    Footage of a shy Emma Raducanu aged 15 has emerged – as she gives killer advice to sporting hopefuls in one of her first ever interviews.

    Three years before yesterday's US Open triumph, she was quizzed in London on her tennis background and tips for youngsters.

    Emma Raducanu is fresh-faced kid aged 15 in amazing old video from former tennis club before rising to US Open winner

    She said: "I started playing when I was five. I started playing when I was at school and also here at Sunridge Park."

    Asked for her inspiration, she replied: "I'd say Li Na because of her ball strike, intensity and also her mentality is quite ruthless."

    And that advice for (presumably even younger) kids?

    "I would say to persevere even when faced with a lot of adversity because myself I was faced with quite a lot of challengers when I was growing up but I'm still developing and I'm developing quite well."

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    EMMA REGRETS PARENTS WEREN'T THERE

    Emma Raducanu admitted her sadness at her parents not being with her as she won the US Open – but reckons her victory has finally pleased her dad.

    The 18-year-old can't wait to get home to celebrate with her family in Britain.

    And she added: "My dad's definitely very tough to please but I managed to!"

  • Ian Tuckey

    LUKE’S ROYAL FLUSH-ING

    Manchester United star Luke Shaw watched Emma Raducanu’s historic win at Flushing Meadows from the poker room in his £2.8million mansion.

    The England left-back shared a picture from his plush Cheshire pad and appeared to be waiting for ex-Red Devils defender Wes Brown and pro poker player Sam Trickett.

    Shaw’s home is in the exclusive Hale Barns area of Cheshire.

    And given his £190,000-a-week wages, the interior is as swanky as you might imagine.

    The England left-back was sat at a six-seat poker table staring at one of two televisions in the room which both had the tennis on.

    The luxurious marble floor and elaborate light over the table are stand out features.

    And the area was complete with a leather sofa in front of the TV and fireplace.

    Shaw shared the snap around 10pm – in the early stages of Raducanu’s match – and captioned it: “Tennis on, ready when you are @wes_brown24 @samtrickett7.” Brown, 41, swiftly replied: “K9 is ready, are you?”

  • Ian Tuckey

    'NO CARE IN THE WORLD… JUST LOVING LIFE'

    Emma Raducanu will "switch off" and enjoy the moment as she beamed: "Right now I've absolutely no care in the world. I'm just loving life."

    The new US Open queen, 18, is the first qualifier to land a Grand Slam triumph and Britain's only female winner in such a tournament since Virginia Wade's 1977 Wimbledon success.

    And she is determined to relax and drink in one of sport's most astonishing achievements.

    She said: "I'm just really trying to embrace the moment and take it all in.

    "I think it's definitely the time to switch off from any future thoughts or from any plays or from any schedule. I've got absolutely no clue!"

    Emma Raducanu ‘loving life’ after her US Open victory

  • Ian Tuckey

    F1 STARS ADMIT STAYING UP LATE TO WATCH EMMA WIN

    F1 stars preparing for today's Italian GP have sheepishly confessed to sleeping late so they could watch Emma Raducanu complete her epic US Open triumph.

    And McLaren's Bristol starlet Lando Norris, 21, even compared his own rise to Raducanu's as he told Sky Sports: "It's cool to see someone bringing it to the big dogs, the more experienced, older players.

    He added: "I stayed up late last night to watch it. 

    "It's the first ever tennis match I've watch from start to finish, which shows something.

    "It's awesome to see – because it's relatable to me – at a similar age coming into Formula One."

  • Ian Tuckey

    DIAMOND PERFORMANCE

    Emma Raducanu capped off the summer of 'Sweet Caroline' by singing Neil Diamond's classic tune with the US Open crowd, writes THOMAS BLOW.

    The song is the sound of 2021 after England football fans chanted the 1969 classic during the team's successful Euro 2020 campaign.

    Raducanu, 18, made history on Saturday by defeating Leylah Fernandez to become the first British woman to win a Grand Slam since 1977.

    Relaxing in her seat after the match, 'Sweet Caroline' started playing over the PA system at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

    Dozens of English supporters watching the final then began singing along – and Raducanu joined in with her adoring fans.

    The new darling of British tennis looked astonished and humbled by the touching moment as she smiled and joyously laughed.

    Raducanu is a huge football fan and was at Wembley to see England beat Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final.

    The teenager would have serenaded Gareth Southgate's players with 'Sweet Caroline' in London – but she was the centre of attention on Saturday.

  • Ian Tuckey

    HOME-COMING QUEEN

    It's finally coming home… declared Emma Raducanu as she prepares to bring the US Open trophy back to Britain, writes THOMAS BLOW.

    The British teenager, 18, celebrated her incredible achievement with a football reference after a summer of British sporting triumphs.

    Raducanu pulled off a 6-4, 6-3 win against Leylah Fernandez to become the first British woman to win a Grand Slam Singles title since 1977.

    And to celebrate the win, she tweeted: "We are taking her HOMEEE."

    The tweet is a reference to English football's famous 'It's Coming Home' chant, which echoes around stadiums when the national team succeeds.

    The chant comes form the famous tune 'Three Lions' by the Lightning Seeds, David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, recorded ahead of Euro '96.

    'It's Coming Home' was sung by millions earlier this summer as England reached the Euro 2020 final, suffering an agonising defeat to Italy.

    But Raducanu, a huge football fan, has gone one better than the lads by winning at Flushing meadows to become the UK's sporting star for 2021.

  • Ian Tuckey

     FOUR'S TO BE RECKONED WITH

    Emma Raducanu's US Open triumph drew an astonishing 9.2million viewers to Channel 4 at its peak last night – SEVEN TIMES the average for the time slot.

    In all 12.6m saw Raducanu become the first British women to lift the crown since Virginia Wade in 1968

    The station's Chief Content Officer Ian Katz said: “We’re delighted that Channel 4, in partnership with Amazon Prime Video, could enable more than 9m people to enjoy one of the most thrilling and historic nights of British sport in a generation.

    "It’s a perfect example of the kind of nimble, uncommercial, but profoundly valuable public service broadcasting thatChannel 4 can deliver.”

    CHANNEL 4 VIEWING STATS

    Here’s a breakdown of how Emma Raducanu’s heroics brought in the viewers last night – 12.6million in total.

     

    Match coverage (9.15pm-11.15pm) averaged 7.4m / 48.2%. Almost SEVEN times the slot average.

    The huge 18.0% share across the day was Channel 4’s best since the 2012 London Paralympics (29.08.12) of 19.6%.

    Total coverage (build-up,match, trophy ceremony) from 8pm – 11.45pm averaged 5.9m – 39.9% share of viewing. SIX TIMES the slot average

    Channel 4 won the slot across the whole coverage

  • Ian Tuckey

    STILL NO PRESSURE ON ME

    Emma Raducanu insists she still feels "absolutely no pressure" despite her life-changing US Open glory.

    She believes she can still appreciate that at 18her life is still ahead of her, having focused on her A-levels until May this year.

    Raducanu said: "For me, I don't feel absolutely any pressure.

    "I'm still only 18 and I'm just having a free swing at anything that comes my way.

    "That's how I faced every match here in the States. Yeah, it got me this trophy, so I don't think I should change anything."

    Credit: PA

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    IT'S JUST NOT CRICKET, EMMA!

    Emma Raducanu's staggering achievement in winning the US Open without losing a set broke from the stressful traditions built up by fellow Brits Tim Henman and Andy Murray – of lengthy, ding-dong clashes.

    And one poster got right to the nub of Raducanu's refreshing break from fans facing nail-biting full-distance matches.

    He posted: "So unBritish not to put us through the ringer and to stay strong throughout. A complete performance."

    Praising Raducanu's boldness in going for her shots, he told Britain's LTA: "Something for men's tennis to aspire to. Well done Emma"

     

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    RADACANU MIGHT 'FRAME' QUEEN'S MESSAGE

    Emma Raducanu was unruffled on the court at the US Open – but sent reeling by a congratulatory note from the Queen.

    The Canadian-born Brit said: "It meant everything to get a message from Her Majesty.

    "I mean, she's such a great inspiration and role model for the whole country, so to have a note from her I was extremely honoured and very, very grateful that, you know, she took note of my tennis.

    "I mean, I can't believe it, I'm going to frame that letter or something!"

  • Ian Tuckey

    LINEKER BREAKS HIS OWN RULE TO HAIL EMMA

    Host Gary Lineker tweeted during Match of the Day for the first time ever last night to congratulate Emma Raducanu.

    The ex-England striker broke his own protocol after the Brit became the first qualifier to win the US Open.

    Gary Lineker breaks his own MOTD protocol to congratulate Emma Raducanu on sensational US Open triumph

    The former Spurs star posted: "First time in my life I’ve ever tweeted whilst on air but my goodness what a performance, what a triumph, what an amazing young woman.

    "Congratulation Emma Raducanu on a truly staggering achievement. US Open winner at 18 without losing a set. Extraordinarily fabulous."

  • Ian Tuckey

    I'M 'CLUELESS' ABOUT REACTION IN BRITAIN

    Emma Raducanu claims she is clueless about the response back in Britain to her US Open glory – but is ready for anything.

    The 18-year-old beamed as she told the BBC:"I've got no idea what's going on, I've got no clue.

    "But anything that comes my way, I'm ready to deal with it.

    "And I've got great people around me to take me through those moments… I'm very exciting to go home and celebrate with them."

    Credit: Rex
  • Ian Tuckey

    EMMA 'RECORD-BREAKING' 1/10 ON TO WIN SPOTY

    Emma Raducanu's US Open fame has made her the heaviest-ever favourite at a staggering 1/10 to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

    Olympic diving champ Tom Daley is 5/1 – with Adam Peaty a distant third in the Ladbrokes' list at 16/1 despite his two Tokyo golds.

    Ladbrokes' Alex Apati said: "Emma Raducanu has had a sensational year, but it's far from over on the accolade front, if the latest odds are anything to go by, her SPOTY odds now being at record-breaking lows of 1/10."

  • Ian Tuckey

    AND KING JOINS IN TOO…

    Tennis legend Billie Jean King believes "exceptional" Emma Raducanu and beaten Leylah Fernandez are leading an exciting new generation.

    The winner of 39 Grand Slam posted to commend the teenagers' "terrific display of competition and maturity".

    And the 77-year-old added: It's wonderful to see this generation living our dream."

  • Ian Tuckey

    QUEEN SALUTES CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT

    The Queen joined in the cascade of praise for US Open hero Emma Raducanu.

    She said: "I send my congratulations to you on your success.

    "It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is testament to your hard work and dedication."

    "I have no doubt your outstanding performance, and that of your opponent Leylah Fernandez, will inspire the next generation of tennis players."

  • Ian Tuckey

    EMMA HAILS SUPPORT

    History-maker Emma Raducanu won the US Open without dropping a set in qualifying or the main tournament – but says fans helped her through "really tough moments".

    The Brit, She told her own fans in a video message: "Thank you so much for all your support over the last three weeks and for coming to the match day.

    "I really appreciate it, it got me through some really tough moments so thank you so much and I hope to see you again here soon."

  • Ian Tuckey

    KISS OF GLORY

    Emma Raducanu kissed the US Open trophy after storming to a sensational Grand Slam win.

    After scooping a stunning £1.8million jackpot by beating Leylah Fernandez in the final, the 18-year-old posed outside New York's Arthur Ashe Stadium with her trophy as she celebrated one of Britain's greatest ever sporting achievements

    Raducanu entered the US Open as a qualifier but left as champion after a whirlwind three weeks.

    And she insists it is only the beginning.

    Raducanu said: "Anything that comes my way, I'm ready to deal with it.

    "I've got great people around me to take me through these moments.

    "They got me here and I'm very excited to celebrate with them and go home and see everyone. "

  • Dylan Terry

    KNEE BOTHER

    Emma Raducanu was left needing medical attention after getting a nasty graze on her knee on the way to winning a sensational Grand Slam.

    The Brit golden girl, 18, was on the brink of a sensational Grand Slam win when she needed a Medical Time Out leading 5-3 in the second set.

    Sliding for a return, Raducanu scraped her knee on the hard court of Flushing Meadows.

    As blood ran down her knee, she was given three minutes to recover with the medic cleaning the wound and then applying a bandage.

    Canadian opponent Leylah Fernandez was clearly frustrated by the break in play, remonstrating with umpire Marijana Veljovic.

    It gave Raducanu a quick breather to collect her thoughts and then blast her way to an historic win – sealing a sensational fortnight with a Championship-winning ace.

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