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Emma Raducanu won the women’s US Open title on Saturday, stunning the tennis world by becoming the first player to win the Grand Slam trophy after entering the tournament through its qualification rounds.
The 18-year-old from Kent is the first British woman to win a major tournament since Virginia Wade’s victory at Wimbledon in 1977. Raducanu maintained the ruthless efficiency she has displayed for two weeks in New York, defeating fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez of Canada 6-4, 6-3.
The historic win will solidify Raducanu as a household name in Britain, if not around the world. From the qualifying rounds through Saturday’s final, she did not drop a set against 10 opponents over two-and-a-half weeks.
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