FERNANDEZ FALLS TO RIVAL RADUCANU AT U.S. OPEN

Sep 12, 2021

By Jeremy Logan

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A remarkable run to the U.S. Open final is ending in disappointment for Canada’s Leylah Fernandez.

The 19-year-old left-hander from Montreal dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision to British qualifier Emma Raducanu in Saturday’s women’s singles final at Flushing Meadows.

Raducanu is the youngest Grand Slam champion since 17-year-old Maria Sharapova won at Wimbledon in 2004.

Just a few points before closing out the match, Raducanu took a medical timeout after she cut her knee on the hardcourt while returning a shot.

Ranked 150th in the world at the start of the tournament, Raducanu – a Toronto native who moved to England at age two – didn’t drop a set in the tournament.

Fernandez, the world Number 73, defeated three top-five players en route to the final.

She was hoping to become the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title since Bianca Andreescu won the U.S. Open in 2019.

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