New York strong ❤️ @ leylahfernandez | #USOpen pic.twitter.com/zaxR0igpxI
– US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 11, 2021
Leylah Fernandez and Emma Raducanu met in a US Open women’s singles final, only on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Canada’s Fernandez, 19, lost to 18-year-old Raducanu in the UK, but she struggled until the end of the intense and well-adjusted final. During the trophy ceremony, Fernandez, eyes full of tears, said she was proud of everything she has accomplished – she beat greats like defending champion Naomi Osaka, world No. 5 Elina Svitolina and world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka. She also became the fourth Canadian player ever to reach a Grand Slam final.
Before handing it over to Raducanu, Fernandez would address the crowd that supported her through each stage of the tournament. “I know on this day, it was especially hard for New York and everyone around the United States,” she stated. “I just want to say that I hope I can be as strong and as resilient as New York has been for the last 20 years.” See the moving clip above.