Emma Raducanu wins US Open title after thrilling final match against Leylah Fernandez

By Simon Duke

Emma Raducanu has triumphed in the US Open after a thrilling final against Leylah Fernandez, winning in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

The British teenage tennis sensation made history by even making Saturday's final, as the first qualifier, male or female, to make a Grand Slam final in the whole of the Open era.

The 18-year-old was also the first British woman in 53 years to reach a Grand Slam final, the last being Virginia Wade.

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On her way to the final, Raducanu didn't drop a single set and that still stands but had to work had to take the first one against Fernandez, eventually winning 6-4 after breaking serve.

Things quickly went Fernandez's way in the second, although Raducanu fought back to get ahead 3-2 in serve before landing a killer shot to break Fernandez and take a 4-2 lead.

Emma Raducanu of Great Britain on her way to winning the US Open (Getty Images)

Channel 4 secured rights to the US Open final just hours before it started after UK viewers were left disappointed with the news it was only going to be available on Amazon Prime.

Viewers to both channels were on the edges of their seats as Raducanu held her serve to take a 5-2 lead in the second set, putting her just one game away from a career-defining victory.

Fernandez made her work for the win as she fought hard in a tense game, pegging Raducanu back from championship point to make the score 5-3 before the Brit clinched victory on her serve after missing another championship point but winning on her third.

There was some late drama when Raducanu skidded on the court and required medical treatment, with Fernandez protesting as the game was stopped.

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