Canada’s Leylah Fernandez praised Emma Raducanu following the US Open final and expressed hope that they will many more battles against each other.
Fernandez entered the tournament ranked at No. 73 in the world, while Raducanu came in as a 150th-ranked qualifier.
Raducanu, 18, beat Fernandez 6-4 6-3 to win the US Open title without a droppet set in 10 matches played.
“Well, Emma is a very good player. She’s been playing incredibly these last few months with a lot of confidence. I unfortunately today did one too many mistakes. I think Emma noticed it and she just took advantage of it,” Fernandez said.
“She did good. Hopefully we’ll have many more tournaments together and many more finals.”
Fernandez can’t decide which win was her favorite
En route to making the US Open final, Fernandez beat Ana Konjuh, Kaia Kanepi, Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka.
“I can’t decide. There is just too many matches that I’ve played, that I’ve done well. I was happy with my first round. I know I remember my first match against her. I lost the first time. I was happy to get the win in this tournament,” Fernandez said.
“Then against Kaia, she’s an incredible player with a lot of experience. I was glad to fight through against her.
“Then Naomi, she’s won so many Grand Slams, she’s been in this stage for a while. I’m sure many more to come. Like I said, I’m just happy with the way I played.
“Against Kerber, she’s an extremely great fighter, a great player. She’s a great example to look up to. I just fought for every point.
“Same thing with Svitolina and Sabalenka. A lot of matches that I’ve played in a row that I can say — I can’t decide. I can’t decide which one is going to be in the highlight reel. I can just say I’m proud of myself and happy with the way I fought.”