U.S. Open: Emma Raducanu Defeats Leylah Fernandez for the Title by Ben Rothenberg
Emma Raducanu wins the US Open
At the end of her remarks during the trophy ceremony, Fernandez acknowledged the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. “I hope I can be as strong and as resilient as New York has been the past 20 years,” she said. “Thank you for always having my back, thank you for always cheering for me.”
Raducanu also thanked the raucous crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium, which had been locked out of last year’s event because of coronavirus restrictions. She said she worked to maintain her composure after scraping her left leg during the final game and needing an injury timeout. “Just staying in the moment, focusing on what I had to do, the process, the mindset, really helped in those tough times,” she said.