Meeting a young British prodigy shakes up US Open qualifying

FOX Sports 1 has shown the US Open qualifying matches over the past week, and one of the highlights has been British teenager Emma Raducanu, currently the No. 1 ranked junior tennis player in…

Meeting a young British prodigy shakes up US Open qualifying

FOX Sports 1 has shown the US Open qualifying matches over the past week, and one of the highlights has been British teenager Emma Raducanu, currently the No. 1 ranked junior tennis player in the world.

Tuesday evening, Raducanu stunned top-seeded Leylah Fernandez, who earned the top seed with a hard-fought victory at the pro-am qualifying tournament over Caroline Wozniacki.

Fernandez held a 2-1 lead in the third set, but Raducanu quickly dominated from there to claim her first U.S. Open Tournament. She won 6-1, 6-3.

“My entire life, I’ve dreamed of making the U.S. Open,” Raducanu said. “I was thinking to myself: ‘I need to keep fighting and I’m going to get my hand on the trophy at some point. I’m going to make the U.S. Open.’”

A tearful Fernandez, who called Raducanu “amazing,” posted on Instagram: “Today was one of the most painful days of my life and for that I am truly sorry to everyone!!”

Raducanu turned 16 at the end of June. She lives in the UK, is ranked No. 7 in the world by the WTA, and her rise has been well documented. She made her Grand Slam debut in 2012, claiming a win at the U.S. Open juniors competition and also won the girls’ singles title at Wimbledon two years ago.

In her first career grass-court match, Raducanu again upset a top-10 opponent, knocking off a three-time champion, Jelena Ostapenko, in round one last week in Birmingham.

Next up for Raducanu will be the 2017 US Open, which begins on August 27.

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