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Britain’s Emma Raducanu beat a 16-year-old in her opening match at the US Open girls’ final, before beating the winner herself in the final match to win the event.
The world No16 beat the Canadian competitor Leylah Fernandez, the youngest competitor in the US Open finals, in the first round, and kept her form going to upset the four-time finalist, 15-year-old American Jadyn Stover, in the quarter-finals and the other four semi-finalists.
Raducanu, who finished second in the girls’ singles at the Australian Open earlier this year, was the highest-ranked player left in the field at the US Open, and when she beat Stover in the semi-finals she required a least two sets to progress to the final.
She recovered from a first-set tie break to break serve twice, which was enough to see her advance to the final on a no-break rule. But it was the British player who powered her way to the title, beating Fernandez, 6-2, 6-1.
Raducanu was first to break serve, and then did so again at the beginning of the second set to give her a 4-0 lead. She held serve throughout to complete victory in an hour and 22 minutes.
“It has been a crazy week – a blast,” said Raducanu, from Norfolk, who won the ITF doubles championship in Jersey on Monday.
Her victory ended Fernandez’s hopes of becoming the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam girls’ singles title. The Canadian teenager, from Toronto, also fell in the semi-finals of the US Open girls’ doubles final with her partner, Austria’s Christina Schneider.
“I thought my first serve and second serve in particular were really good, and even the break in the second set I was able to break at a crucial time,” said Raducanu.
“It was just great to come away with this. Leylah’s a great player and I really admire her. It is tough being a competitor out there.”
The 17-year-old Raducanu, who did not drop a set throughout the tournament, also competed in the girls’ doubles and mixed doubles, at the US Open this year.