US Open: Emma Jane Raducanu beats Jelena Ostapenko to win women’s title

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Emma Jane Raducanu retained her US Open title on Saturday after holding off Jelena Ostapenko to win an enthralling final at Flushing Meadows.

The British 23-year-old knocked out Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber in the quarter-finals, then had to battle past Anastasija Sevastova in the semi-finals.

In New York, Raducanu faced arguably the biggest challenge of her career on Saturday when she had to oust Ostapenko, who is ranked 10 in the world and is competing in her first Grand Slam final.

In scorching afternoon sunshine at Flushing Meadows, Raducanu took the first set with a simple backhand smash in the second.

However, Ostapenko, who came through five matches in five days, rallied in the decider to snatch it to love.

A powerful Ostapenko surge won the first two games of the third set but Raducanu, who now holds an impressive three Grand Slam titles, quickly turned the momentum around as she forced the Czech to net backhand.

The British 23-year-old won 6-4, 7-6 (8-6).

Raducanu’s performance “reminded me of a lot of tennis I’ve seen from the Williams sisters,” Queen’s tournament patron Prince Harry told the BBC.

She will now lead Great Britain at Wimbledon, starting on July 2.

“I would say my name is among the greatest of all time,” Raducanu told reporters.

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