Teenage phenoms draw spotlight in US Open women's Final


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On Saturday, 18-year-old British sensation and qualifier Emma Raducanu beat Canadian 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez to win her very first grand slam title (it's just her second appearance in a major). The Athletic2021 US Open women's final live updates: Raducanu defeats Fernandez, Djokovic faces Medvedev in men's final on Sunday

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Emma Raducanu discusses winning the 2021 US Open

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Six Key Moments That Led To Emma Raducanu's US Open Title Victory - Last Word On Tennis

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When Emma Raducanu was interviewed in a press conference after her remarkable straight-sets victory over Leylah Fernandez she said “I faced a lot of adversity in every one of my matches here.” It isn’t immediately apparent when you look at her straight-sets winning record but there were key moments in all of the wins.

All of these moments seem to build towards the eventual title win. Each one teaches us, and taught Raducanu, more about her and her game. She learned from each match to become the package that was seen on Arthur Ashe stadium on Saturday. Let’s take a look at them now.

At this stage the aim for Raducanu was simply qualifying for a Grand Slam for the first time. She had lost in the final of WTA Challenger Chicago to Clara Tauson a few days earlier but had restored some confidence with victory in the opening qualifying round against Bibiane Schoofs.

The Georgian world #167 was deemed to be a tough test. Only 17 spots below Raducanu on the ranking list, this was meant to be a true test of the Briton’s potential. After winning a tight first set the second was even closer.Raducanu had already recovered from a break down to level at 4-4. She then served to stay in the set and at this point Raducanu realised she needed to step up her level to end the match.

She won eight points in a row to end the match. This demonstration of a change of gear in a decisive moment of a match is something that we would get used to over the following two and a half weeks.

After fairly routine victories over Stefanie Voegele and Zhang Shuai, Raducanu met Sorribes Tormo. The Spaniard had kicked out the seeded Karolina Muchova in her section and the massive improvement that Sorribes Tormo had made on hard courts in 2021 meant that she came into the match as favorite.

The second game of this match proved to be the pivotal one. Sorribes Tormo looked to be heading for a comfortable hold but Raducanu won three points in a row to have break point. It wasn’t taken and this began a series of deuces. Five deuces later the Briton was finally able to break and take a lead that she would never surrender. The final score of 6-0 6-1 made the whole world sit up and take notice of the 18-year-old for the first time.

Raducanu had lost her opening service game to Rogers after three deuces. The American had knocked out world #1 Ashleigh Barty in the last round and had begun by crunching her grounstrokes omniously.

In the third game Raducanu was down 15-40 and in serious trouble. She tightened her game up to save the break points and the winning of that game was a turning point. Raducanu won a remarkable 11 games in a row, just as she did against Sorribes Tormo. Again, a 6-2 6-1 scoreline against a player as competitive as Rogers was a sign of things to come.

Up against the Olympic Gold medalist and hugely in-form Swiss Raducanu had a tough start. She was down a break in the opening set but had just held to love and began to find her flow.

The return of serve that had been totally absent since the beginning of the match returned. It took two set points to level up the set, but a mixture of Bencic feeling the heat and Raducanu turning up the pressure on her groundstrokes helped to turn this set in the Briton’s favour. Another break in Bencic’s next service game sealed the set. Another straight sets victory saw Raducanu into the semifinal.

On the brink of yet another comfortable victory Raducanu hit a tricky spot. Serving with a break she was under serious pressure at 0-40. However, it had almost become a trademark of the Brit to hold serve from behind in the count.

A series of excellent first serves and quality rallies saved the initial three break points. The game wasn’t over though. There were four deuces and another two break points to save before a decisive 5-3 lead was taken. All this under the pressure of the opportunity of getting into a Grand Slam final.

In fairness, any point in this final was key. However, at this stage Fernandez had just broken Raducanu’s serve having just held from 0-40. There seemed to be an important momentum switch but Raducanu again returned to playing a single point on its merits.

The Briton broke straight back with her usual brand of deep, powerful groundstrokes. At this stage she became more aggressive on return. Instead of just getting the ball back in play deep and central Raducanu looked for winners off the return. This in turn increased the pressure on Fernandez and the second serve win% dropped.

At all stages in this tournament Raducanu displayed one key attribute. Focus. The 18-year-old is clearly an intelligent person, on and off the court. Those exam results prove one side of that but her choice of shot, ability to play to a game plan and, most importantly, the mental fortitude to focus on one point at a time regardless of the importance of that point is remarkable. This, more than anything, is what makes most experts so confident in her having a great career.

Raducanu referred to former British male #1 Tim Henman a couple of times in interviews. The former US Open semifinalist was often at courtside in her matches covering the tournament for a UK broadcaster. Raducanu said in an interview after defeating Maria Sakkari that Henman was “helping me treat one point at a time.”

It will be interesting now to see if this seemingly impregnable mentality is challenged moving forwards. Despite what she may believe now following such a unique triumph the pressure will be on her. Yes, from opponents, but now also from the public. Wimbledon will never be the same again for her now, in fact, every tournament she enters Raducanu will be a scalp. Sponsors, endorsements, tournament directors and fans in the stands will be expecting big performances from the Briton.

Can she live up to the pressure? Only time will tell, but the signs are promising.

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Opinion: Emma Raducanu hoisted the singles trophy, but tennis was the big winner at this US Open

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Then, they have to go up on that stage and accept a runner-up trophy they don’t really want, address the crowd and compliment their opponent, then retreat to the background of a party where they’re the only one not celebrating.

Leylah Annie Fernandez, the 19-year-old from Canada who won the hearts of New Yorkers over the last two weeks, had to experience that Saturday after she lost the U.S. Open final. As the winner, 18-year-old Emma Raducanu, sat on her bench singing “Sweet Caroline,” Fernandez removed the band holding her hair in a bun and waited with a blank expression.

Then she took the microphone and smiled as best she could, choking back tears with nearly every word. Nobody would have blamed her if she wanted to just get out of there.

But just as the ceremony was about to move on to the real business of handing Raducanu the sterling silver trophy that goes to the winner, Fernandez made it clear she had one more thing to say about an event that occurred a year before she was even born in a country that is not her own.

“I know, on this day, it was especially hard for New York and everyone around the United States,” she said. “I just want to say, I hope I can be as strong and as resilient as New York has been the past 20 years. Thank you for always having my back, thank you for cheering me. I love you New York and hope to see you next year.”

With all the emotions of her own journey still so raw, Fernandez’s presence of mind to acknowledge the 20-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in this city was perhaps the most beautiful moment of the entire tournament.

And it brought home something about the U.S. Open final, and really the entire two weeks, that should make the sport of tennis feel great about its future.

For the young women who emerged in starring roles this week — and not just Fernandez and Raducanu, but also Coco Gauff and Caty McNally who will play in the doubles final Sunday — tennis was only a part of what made them so impressive. As they introduced themselves to the world, their maturity, their curiosity, their empathy and their class was simply astounding.

From a tennis perspective, we don’t know how much this generation is going to win. But in many more important ways, we already have a pretty good sense of what this generation is going to be.

“When I woke up this morning, I looked at the date and I remembered watching just movies about what happened and then asking my parents like what exactly happened on that day,” Fernandez said hours after the match, elaborating on what inspired her to pay tribute to such a solemn day. “I was just so in shock when they told me and they told me what they were doing when they saw the news.

“Obviously I don’t know much about what really happened, but with the information I do have, I know New York has suffered a lot when it did happen and I wanted to let them know they’re so strong and so resilient and they're just incredible. Having them here happy, lively and going back to the way they were and having my back during these tough moments has made me stronger and made me believe in myself a lot more.”

It’s important to understand that tennis, as wonderful as the sport can be, isn’t always the best incubator for well-rounded human beings. It is an individual, often selfish sport where there is only one winner at every tournament and the margins are tiny between making it big and foundering at the lowest levels.

So many of these kids spend their formative years in competition with each other for attention, for sponsorships and trophies. And lives are structured to give them the best chance for success, which often means that they’ve grown up knowing nothing other than adults catering to them.

And yet, with these young ladies we’ve been learning about the last two weeks, you don’t see any of that in how they talk or how they act.

Gauff, in particular, has been a revelation. We already knew that she was mature beyond her years and that she handled the craziness of becoming a 15-year-old superstar as well as could be expected.

But for a lot of people in her position, this week wouldn’t have been easy. Gauff has been the best player of her age group for a long time — the first one to make the second week of a Grand Slam, the first one to break into the top 100, top 50, top 25 of the rankings.

Now here come Fernandez and Raducanu, players she ran across all the time in juniors, advancing through the U.S. Open draw while the furthest she’s gone at a Grand Slam is the quarterfinals. And she genuinely wanted nothing more than for one of them to win the tournament.

“I’m just super inspired by both of them,” she said.

There was also a touching moment Friday when Gauff was clearly shaken up and on the verge of tears after she and McNally advanced to the doubles final because one of their opponents, Luisa Stefani, suffered a knee injury in the first set and had to be taken off the court in a wheelchair.

As a player, you either have that kind of empathy for an opponent or you don’t. There’s no way to fake it. And for Gauff, it’s just part of a consistent theme of looking at everything through a big-picture lens, which seems almost impossible to do when you’re 17.

“I think mental health is the most important thing to take care of first, then everything else can go along,” she said. “For me, I just try to make sure that I'm having fun on the court. The moment you're not having fun is the moment you're not going to have a long career, at least in my opinion.”

Raducanu, who leaves as the U.S. Open champion, also seems so much older than 18. Unlike a lot of players, who end up being home schooled when they show promise in tennis so that they can more easily travel to big events, Raducanu went to a real high school in London. She said her mother, who is Chinese, instilled the values she grew up with of hard work, discipline and education.

It is perhaps to Raducanu’s immense long-term benefit that until two years ago, she never really expected to be a pro tennis player.

“I always have my education as a backup,” she said. "I was doing it alongside my tennis. I had options. I still do.”

Tennis, of course, is now more than an option – it’s her destiny. And the sport will be better for it.

Britain's Emma Raducanu became the youngest major tennis champion since 2004 on Saturday after beating Leylah Fernandez in the U.S. Open final. Why it matters: Saturday's finale was the first Grand Slam final between teenagers since the 1999 U.S. Open when Serena Williams beat Martina Hingis, per the New York Times.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Raducanu became the first woman from Britain to win the U.S. Open since Virginia Wade in 1977.The big pictur

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