I am lost for words, these woman have been spectacular.
Just over 3 years ago Leylah and Emma played each other in the second round of Wimbledon Juniors and now in a major final.
Day after day, match after match they have delivered. As the days went on the dream continued and for Emma Raducanu winning the US Open became a reality. She was due to be playing an ITF event now she’s a Grand Slam champion!
A lot has been said these last few weeks and I have ran out of superlatives to describe what these young women have achieved in New York.
It was a fantastic and high quality start from both teenagers, 14 minutes for two games and a break of serve for Raducanu on her sixth break point opportunity!
After three punishing games and 23 minutes the final was back on serve with an immense quality on display by both players! The tension continued to rise and I felt like Leylah had more control on the baseline but the grit and determination in the forehand and body language of the Brit kept her ahead, 4-3 on serve.
The games went on keeping on serve, there were chances for both at 15-30, 30-30 or 0-30 but nothing to create a clear opening as the first set headed towards some conclusion.
5-4 40-15, two set points for Emma on the Canadians serve following a beautiful backhand return winner but squandered those two opportunities… second serve on a third, gone!
A fourth set point followed after an inside out forehand and was sealed with a stunning forehand up the line to take a 19th consecutive set at the US Open and an the first in the final 6-4.
Being broken is not a good way to lose a set in a final and neither is being 0-40 down in your first game of the second set but that was the realism facing Fernandez.
Five points in a row and a hold from 0-40, how big could that turn out to be? A second lucky net cord of the match for the Canadian gave her two break point opportunities to get ahead! A third break sealed it and Fernandez up a break at 2-1!
It was an immediate response, a break back a hold and a chance to extend her lead to 4-2 which Emma executed with a stunning forehand pass!
6-4 5-2 Raducanu, one more game would do…
A big cheer as Leylah Fernandez saved two match points and forced the Brit to serve for the US Open title!
Down a break point the Brit at 30-40 slipped on her foot and cut her knee calling the trainer out for a medical time out.
A slight delay and back to deuce before another look at a break point for Fernandez! Break point saved another match point sealed with an ace out wide!
Emma Raducanu, US Open Champion 🤯👏🏻