Free World - September 14, 2021

@emmaraducanu, 18, of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy afte…

@emmaraducanu, 18, of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Leylah Fernandez, 19, of Canada during their Women’s Singles final match at the U.S. Open in New York City on Sept. 11. Raducanu, the first qualifier ever to win a major championship, is also the first British woman to win a Grand Slam event since Virginia Wade took Wimbledon in 1977. Serving for match point, she fired a 108 mph ace wide past Fernandez before falling to the ground and placing her hands over her eyes. She lay flat on her back for a few seconds, in disbelief. “I don’t think I made one serve that wide in the whole match to be honest,” Raducanu said afterward. “And I was like if I’m going to make it, this is going to be the time.” After Billie Jean King handed her the trophy, Raducanu carried it around the court, stopping to take pictures with ball boys and ball girls, as well as some admiring fans calling out her name. If Saturday’s match serves as any indication, @sgregory31 writes, the future of tennis couldn’t be brighter. “I don’t feel absolutely any pressure,” Raducanu says. “I’m just having a free swing at anything that comes my way. That’s how I faced every match here in the States. And it got me this trophy. So I don’t think I should change anything.” Read more at the link in our bio. Photograph by Sarah Stier (@stieriously)—@gettyimages


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