Emma Raducanu completed an incredible three weeks as she was crowned US Open champion, becoming the first British woman to win a Grand Slam for 44 years.

Virginia Wade, the last British woman to win a major trophy at Wimbledon in 1977, cheered her on at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Still, she needed little encouragement as she beat Leylah Fernandez in straight sets in New York.

In a thrilling final, Raducanu was pushed all the way by her fellow Grand Slam final debutant, but she had too much class and power for Fernandez.

Raducanu won 6-4 6-3 to ensure she won her first Grand Slam title without dropping a set. Even more remarkably, the 18-year-old had to qualify for the final Grand Slam of the year, but she stepped up and proved her class as she prepares to become British number one on Monday.

As she served for the match, Raducanu slipped and cut her leg, but after a short medical time-out, she returned and smashed an ace to seal an incredible victory.

Speaking after her win, Raducanu told reporters: “I’ve always dreamed of winning a Grand Slam. You just say these things. But to have the belief I did and actually winning, I can’t believe it.

“I first started when I was a little girl, but I think the biggest thing that you have visions of is the winning moment and going to celebrate with your team, trying to find your way up to the box.

“That’s been playing in my head, like, a couple of nights. I’ve fallen asleep to that.”

History could also be made on Sunday as Novak Djokovic prepares to face Daniil Medvedev in the men’s final at Flushing Meadows (Djokovic 4/11, Medvedev 2/1 – Match Betting).

The Serbian will bid to become the first man to complete the calendar Grand Slam in 52 years as he tries to win the fourth and final major event of 2021.

He could become the first male player since Australian Rod Laver to win all four major titles in one year in what would be his 21st Grand Slam success.

A win on Sunday over Russia’s Medvedev would also take him one clear of rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with the trio all on 20 heading into the final day of the US Open.

Medvedev (7/1 to win 3-2 – Set Betting) lost in the Australian Open final to Djokovic, and he will be chasing his first Grand Slam crown with a spring in his step, having only dropped one set so far.

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