The US Open 2021 is nearing the end of its run. Emma Raducanu, a young Romanian wonder, won the women’s singles title, while World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will meet Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the men’s singles final.
Djokovic has been in outstanding form at the US Open, and he is the clear favorite to win the tournament. He’s just one win away from completing the calendar Grand Slam. After a thrilling 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 triumph over Alexander Zverev on Friday, the Serbian had to fight and make his way into the finals.
Daniil Medvedev, on the other hand, dominated his opponent. To get to the final, he beat Canadian tennis great Felix Augar-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. Emma Raducanu, on the other hand, has dominated the spotlight with her title-winning performance in the women’s single division.
She won the title by defeating Leylah Fernandez of Canada in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. The 18-year-old surpassed all expectations by winning the competition without dropping a single set. Fernandez, another finalist, left an indelible impression on tennis fans. The 19-year-old faced 16th seed Angelique Kerber, fifth seed Elina Svitolina, and second seed ArynaSabalenka in the first round. The defending champion and third seed Naomi Osaka, though, was the most remarkable of them all.
The achievements of the two teenagers have a significant impact on the future of women’s tennis. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at the five most recent winners of the US Open.
5. Pete Sampras: 19 years
Pete Sampras has won the Grand Slam 14 times in a row. Except for the French Open, the American has won every Grand Slam tournament. But it was on the hallowed grounds of the US Open in New York in 1990, when he was just 19 years old, that he achieved his first victory.
Thomas Muster, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, and Andre Agassi were all defeated by Sampras, who was seeded fourth. Sampras gave a masterpiece in the final against his compatriot Agassi. He didn’t give his opponent a chance to respond. Under Sampras’ enormous pressure, Agassi eventually had to concede and accept a loss in straight sets. The final score was 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in favor of Sampras.
4. Emma Raducanu: 18 years and 10 months
Emma Raducanu, a British teenage star, made history by winning the US Open in 2021. She is the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam singles title. In her first outing at Flushing Meadows, Raducanu displayed a high level of maturity. On her path to the victory, the qualifier defeated some big names, including Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Belinda Bencic and 17th seed Maria Sakkari.
Raducanu was ranked 150th in the world before winning the US Open. She also put an end to a 44-year wait for a British female tennis player to win a Grand Slam. In 1977, Virginia Wade was the Wimbledon champion. She was also the last female British tennis player to win the US Open before Raducanu in 1968.
The British woman broke a couple more records. After Williams, she became the second-youngest player to win the US Open. She is also the first US Open winner to win without dropping a single set since Serena Williams in 2014. Raducanu’s victory at the US Open will offer her a much-needed lift in her career.
3. Monica Seles: 17 years, 9 months
Monica Seles had a memorable year in 1991. That year, she won the Australian Open, the French Open, and the US Open. When Seles accomplished the incredible achievement, she was only 17 years old. Seles, who had turned pro at the age of 15, possessed all of the necessary skills. In addition, her victory over Chris Evert in 1989 had gotten her a lot of attention.
This time, though, another tennis great, Martina Navratilova, was waiting for her in the opposite direction. Martina was a four-time winner of the US Open and was hoping for her fifth crown. Seles, on the other hand, was ready and prepared. Although the first set ended in a tiebreak, the second set was straightforward. Seles won the match 7-6, 6-1 to win the US Open for the first time.
2. Martina Hingis: 16 years, 11 months
At the age of 15, Martina Hingis had already established herself as a teenage sensation. In 1996, she and Helena Sukova won the Wimbledon doubles title. This time, however, she had her sights set on singles glory. When it came time to compete in the US Open, the first seed Swiss had already won the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
Martina had a fantastic year in 1997, reaching the finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments. Due to her early career achievement, Hingis has many youngest-ever accolades to her credit. During that period, she was practically impenetrable. She was so dominant at Flushing Meadows that she didn’t drop a set the entire tournament. In the final, Hingis handily defeated Venus Williams and concluded the year in style.
1. Tracy Austin: 16 years, 8 months
Tracy Ann Austin’s name may be the least well-known of those on the list. The American, on the other hand, has the distinction of being the youngest person to win the US Open singles title. Austin defeated a list of elites to win her first Grand Slam championship in 1979 at the age of 16 years and 8 months. Martina Navratilova faces tough competition from the likes of Chris Evert at such a young age. Austin, on the other hand, passed the test with flying colors. She not only beat them, but she beat them in straight sets. She will go down in US Open history as a result of her victory. Tracy would go on to win her second US Open singles championship two years later in 1981, defeating tennis legend Martin.