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Raducanu's medical timeout leads to frustration for Fernandez in US Open final
The 18-year-old became the first qualifier ever to win a major, but it wasn't without blood, sweat and tears.
Published Sep 11, 2021
Emma Raducanu became the first qualifier ever to win a major title, but in her final round against Leylah Fernandez it didn't come without blood, sweat and tears. No, literally, the 18-year-old was up 6-4, 5-3 when she ran full speed, resulting in her knee sliding across the court surface as she reached for the ball. It was a nasty slide that prompted an untimely medical timeout.
Fernandez who was up 40-30 in the game stood in disbelief as she was just one point away from breaking Raducanu. It was a very crucial point in the bout, and certainly she didn't see a four-minute break in the action coming. However, the teen from Great Britain stood with blood rolling down her leg and it left no choice but to receive treatment.
Fernandez was clearly unhappy with the decision as she looked to her box and laughed before getting into a heated argument with tournament officials. Meanwhile, Raducanu didn't seem to be bothered as she used the time to cool off on the bench and stay hydrated as the trainer wrapped her wound.
In the thick of things, it's easy to understand Fernandez's anger over the situation but ultimately there was nothing else that could have been done. With Raducanu bleeding, it was absolutely essential to get the wound taken care of before another point was played.
Once the injury was treated, she came back onto the court with the same look of determination fluttering in her eyes. She ended up holding serve and claiming her first Grand Slam title with an ace out wide, picking up a 6-4, 6-3 victory.
Once the match was over, both players gave credit to each other in their on-court speeches and the drama was put to rest.
"It's incredible. I honestly have no idea what to say. Today is going to be hard to recuperate, but Emma played amazing. So, congratulations Emma and to your team," Fernandez said during her on-court interview.
The 2021 final marked the first all-teenage US Open final since 1999.