Emma Raducanu’s domination of the US Open came under threat of coming unstuck in the final moments, as she was forced to call a medical time-out after two match points.
Leylah Fernandez was bravely weathering the storm as Raducanu stood only a swing from victory before the British teen grazed her knee sliding for the ball.
With blood dripping down her leg Raducanu was forced to call a medical time-out, as Fernandez complained in a heated debate with the umpire that the stoppage had wrecked the momentum she’d just begun building.
Emma Raducanu had to call a medical time-out just minutes before winning the US Open
The Brit got patched up, wrestled back control and stormed to glory at just 18-years-old
Fernandez was fuming after her momentum was disrupted, rowing with the umpire on court
Raducanu took a breath and waited to be patched-up as the tension rose with every passing second inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Brit was on the brink of history and had to find her composure.
The 18-year-old simply stepped back onto court and started powering big shots back at Fernandez, beating her year-older rival into defeat as she completed an astonishing three weeks.
Raducanu didn’t lost a single set in her route to the final, including three qualifying matches, and ended Britain’s 44-year wait for a female Slam champion in that moment.
‘I fell somehow and I thought that would throw my self off balance because I was going to have to serve,’ Raducanu said, explaining the late drama.
Raducanu kept her cool despite the late disruption and completer her stunning rise to stardom
‘I was just praying not for a double fault. We got through it and just staying in the moment and focusing on the process and the mindset really helped in those tough times.’
Fernandez was gracious in defeat despite her frustration in the final set, with the 19-year-old going on her own stunning journey to stardom this month.
The Canadian is unlucky to be overshadowed by Raducanu in New York, having beaten huge names such as Naomi Osaka, the defending champion, triple Slam winner Angelique Kerber and No 5-ranked Elina Svitolina.
‘It’s incredible,’ Fernandez said. ‘I honestly have no idea what to say. Today is going to be hard but Emma played amazing so congrats to your team.
‘I am very happy with how I’ve played. It’s been amazing having the New York crowd back and having you cheering me on, thank you everyone.’