Emma Raducanu defeats Leylah Fernandez in US Open women's singles final in New York

 Britain's Emma Raducanu has created history by becoming the first qualifier to win a major tennis title by defeating Canada's Leyla Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

Radukanu won three straight matches to get through to qualifying, then seven more on his way to his first major title without dropping a single set

The 18-year-old Brit is the first woman since Serena Williams in 2014 to win 20 sets in a row without losing a set.

Emma Raducanu defeats Leylah Fernandez in US Open women's singles final in New York


Incredibly, this is just his fourth Tour-level event.

In a grueling 1 hour 51 minute match that had subtle changes in pace throughout, Radukanu caught his nerve while counting, serving the marathon final game with an ace, before sinking into the court in celebration.

"I knew I had to dig deeper," Radukanu, who was playing in his second major, said after the match.

“The level was very high and I hope to play each other in many more tournaments and as expected finals.

"Leyla is always going to play and fight great tennis, so she's in the finals."

Britain's Emma Radukanu in the final of the US Open

Emma Radukanu stunned everyone in front of her to win an amazing US Open title against Leyla Fernandez. (AP: Alice Amendola)

Fight, Fernandez did - nothing more than the final game of the match, when he earned two break-back points, roared by a supportive crowd.

Having already faced off against three top five-ranked players in the past week, including Naomi Osaka, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka, Fernandez fed the energy of the crowd to force a break point.

However, her momentum was halted due to a medical timeout due to an injury to Redukanu's knee, as she slipped for the ball.

With Radukanu bleeding into his shin, the umpire had no option but to stop play, much to Fernandez, who argued with the umpire while Radukanu was being bullied.

"I somehow fell and thought it would throw my balance off," Britt said. "I wasn't praying for a double mistake."

She got the better of it, focused her attention to save the break point, then served the match.

In the first all-teenage Grand Slam final since 1999 - Fernandez turned 19 on Monday - both women continued to play the free-flowing game, reaching their first Grand Slam final.

Sunlight shines on fans holding flags at the Flushing Meadows stand during the US Open women's singles final

The New York crowd was full of support for both Briton Emma Radukanu and Canada's Leyla Fernandez at the US Open. (AP: Frank Franklin II)

That means going to the cost of leaving unforced errors for the winners: 22 unforced errors for the winner and Radukanu, 18 for the winner and 26 unforced errors for Fernandez.

However, the freedom to play resulted in a thrilling encounter, which included a grueling first set of 58 minutes that included three breaks of serve.

Fernandez struggled during his first serve, receiving only 50 percent of his first serve during the first set and winning only 43 percent of his second.

He improved in the second set, especially when under pressure to save the match, but this time another comeback was not on the cards.

"I hope to be back here in the final, and this time with a trophy, right," she said.

Before paying tribute to the victims of the September 11 attacks, he was clearly upset, saying he was proud of what he achieved during the week.

"I know this day it was especially hard for New York and everyone around America," Fernandez said, her voice breaking.

"I hope I can be as strong and resilient as New York has been over the past 20 years."

Fernandez would probably want to take his cues from Radukanu.

At Wimbledon, he suffered a panic attack from his last-16 match against Australian Ajla Tomljanovic, with difficulty in breathing.

This has led some to question his heart and ability to compete at the top level.

She answered those questions by becoming the first British woman to win a Grand Slam title since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.

"It reflects the future of women's tennis and the depth of the game is great," Radukanu said.

"Every player in the draw has a shot at winning any tournament, I hope the next generation can follow in the footsteps of some of the legends."

Wade was in a crowd of 23,000 on Arthur Ashe, and so was his idol Tim Heineman.

"That means there's also Virginia Wade and Tim [Heineman] - British icons," she said.

"For me to follow in his footsteps...it gave me the confidence that I could do it."

After a record-breaking performance in New York, Radukanu is not following in his footsteps as much as following his own path.

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