2021 US Open – Women's Singles

Emma Raducanu defeated Leylah Fernandez in the final, 6–4, 6–3, to win the Women's Singles tennis title at the 2021 US Open. She became the first qualifier in history, male or female, to reach a major final and win a major title, as well as the first singles qualifier to ever reach the semifinals at the US Open. Additionally, she became the first player since Bianca Andreescu in 2019 to reach the US Open final in her debut appearance and the first British woman to win a singles major since Virginia Wade at the 1977 Wimbledon Championships.[1][2][3] With a WTA Ranking of 150 in the world, Raducanu also became the lowest-ranked player to win a major since Kim Clijsters (a former world No. 1 coming out of retirement) won the 2009 US Open. Victory in the final made Raducanu, aged 18, the youngest major champion since Maria Sharapova at the 2004 Wimbledon Championships. This marked the first all-teenage major final since Serena Williams defeated Martina Hingis at the 1999 US Open and the first women's singles major final in the Open Era to feature two unseeded players.[4]

Women's Singles
2021 US Open
ChampionUnited Kingdom Emma Raducanu
Runner-upCanada Leylah Fernandez
Final score6–4, 6–3
Details
Draw128 (16 Q / 8 WC )
Events
Singles men women boys girls
Doubles men women mixed boys girls
WC Singles men women quad
WC Doubles men women quad
Legends men women mixed
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Raducanu won the title without dropping a set during the entire tournament, including during her three qualification matches. Furthermore, she did not play a tiebreak in any set. This was Raducanu's first WTA singles title, making her the fourth woman in the Open Era and the first since Iga Świątek at the 2020 French Open, to win a major tournament as their maiden singles title.

Raducanu and Fernandez both made their top 30 debuts following the conclusion of the tournament. Fernandez was the youngest player to defeat three top 5 seeded players in the same major since Serena Williams at the 1999 US Open.[5][6]

Naomi Osaka was the defending champion,[7] but she lost to Fernandez in the third round.

This was the first major since the 2011 French Open where neither Serena nor Venus Williams participated, as well as the first time that neither of the Williams sisters played at the US Open since 2003.[8] This event also marked the final major appearance for former world No. 6 and 2013 US Open and 2018 US Open quarterfinalist Carla Suárez Navarro.[9] She lost in the first round to Danielle Collins.

None of the top 20 seeds lost prior to the third round of the tournament, marking the first time this had occurred since the introduction of the 32-seed format in 2001.[10]

Karolína Plíšková set a new record for the number of aces served in a US Open women's singles match in her second-round match against Amanda Anisimova, after serving 24 aces in three sets.[11]

The defeats of Plíšková and Barbora Krejčíková in the quarterfinals guaranteed two first-time major finalists; Raducanu and Fernandez emerged to become those players. This also ensured that, for the first time since 2014, eight different players contested the four Grand Slam finals in a season.

SeedsEdit

01.     Ashleigh Barty (Third round)
02.     Aryna Sabalenka (Semifinals)
03.     Naomi Osaka (Third round)
04.     Karolína Plíšková (Quarterfinals)
05.     Elina Svitolina (Quarterfinals)
06.     Bianca Andreescu (Fourth round)
07.     Iga Świątek (Fourth round)
08.     Barbora Krejčíková (Quarterfinals)
09.     Garbiñe Muguruza (Fourth round)
10.     Petra Kvitová (Third round)
11.       Belinda Bencic (Quarterfinals)
12.     Simona Halep (Fourth round)
13.     Jennifer Brady (Withdrew)
14.     Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Fourth round)
15.     Elise Mertens (Fourth round)
16.     Angelique Kerber (Fourth round)
17.     Maria Sakkari (Semifinals)
18.     Victoria Azarenka (Third round)
19.     Elena Rybakina (Third round)
20.     Ons Jabeur (Third round)
21.     Coco Gauff (Second round)
22.     Karolína Muchová (First round)
23.     Jessica Pegula (Third round)
24.     Paula Badosa (Second round)
25.     Daria Kasatkina (Third round)
26.     Danielle Collins (Third round)
27.     Jeļena Ostapenko (Withdrew)
28.     Anett Kontaveit (Third round)
29.     Veronika Kudermetova (First round)
30.     Petra Martić (Second round)
31.     Yulia Putintseva (First round)
32.     Ekaterina Alexandrova (Second round)

Click on the seed number of a player to go to their draw section.

DrawEdit

KeyEdit

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FinalsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
               
Q   Emma Raducanu 6 6
11   Belinda Bencic 3 4
Q   Emma Raducanu 6 6
17   Maria Sakkari 1 4
4   Karolína Plíšková 4 4
17   Maria Sakkari 6 6
Q   Emma Raducanu 6 6
  Leylah Fernandez 4 3
5   Elina Svitolina 3 6 65
  Leylah Fernandez 6 3 77
  Leylah Fernandez 77 4 6
2   Aryna Sabalenka 636 4
8   Barbora Krejčíková 1 4
2   Aryna Sabalenka 6 6

Top halfEdit

Section 1Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
1   A Barty 6 79
  V Zvonareva 1 67 1   A Barty 6 7
  C Burel 5 0   C Tauson 1 5
  C Tauson 7 6 1   A Barty 2 6 65
  S Rogers 6 6   S Rogers 6 1 77
  M Brengle 4 0   S Rogers 7 6
  S Cîrstea 77 3 6   S Cîrstea 5 2
29   V Kudermetova 656 0   S Rogers 2 1
22   K Muchová 2 63 Q   E Raducanu 6 6
  S Sorribes Tormo 6 77   S Sorribes Tormo 6 6
  S-w Hsieh 6 6   S-w Hsieh 1 3
  C Liu 1 4   S Sorribes Tormo 0 1
WC   H Baptiste 3 4 Q   E Raducanu 6 6
  S Zhang 6 6   S Zhang 2 4
Q   E Raducanu 6 6 Q   E Raducanu 6 6
LL   S Vögele 2 3

Section 2Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
11   B Bencic 6 6
  A Rus 4 4 11   B Bencic 6 6
  M Trevisan 6 7   M Trevisan 3 1
WC   C Vandeweghe 1 5 11   B Bencic 6 6
  M Doi 77 6 23   J Pegula 2 4
WC   S Sanders 633   M Doi 3 2
  A Potapova 2 2 23   J Pegula 6 6
23   J Pegula 6 6 11   B Bencic 714 6
28   A Kontaveit 6 6 7   I Świątek 6123
PR   S Stosur 3 0 28   A Kontaveit 6 6
Q   C Bucșa 3 4   J Teichmann 4 1
  J Teichmann 6 6 28   A Kontaveit 3 6 3
  F Ferro 6 6 7   I Świątek 6 4 6
  N Hibino 1 4   F Ferro 6 630
Q   J Loeb 3 4 7   I Świątek 3 77 6
7   I Świątek 6 6

Section 3Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
4   Ka Plíšková 6 6
WC   C McNally 3 4 4   Ka Plíšková 7 6579
  Z Diyas 5 2   A Anisimova 5 77 67
  A Anisimova 7 6 4   Ka Plíšková 6 6
  A Tomljanović 6 6   A Tomljanović 3 2
WC   K Volynets 3 1   A Tomljanović 78 6
Q   D Gálfi 3 2 30   P Martić 664
30   P Martić 6 6 4   Ka Plíšková 7 6
24   P Badosa 6 6 14   A Pavlyuchenkova 5 4
  A Van Uytvanck 4 3 24   P Badosa 4 4
  V Gracheva 5 6 6   V Gracheva 6 6
Q   N Párrizas Díaz 7 0 2   V Gracheva 1 4
Q   AK Schmiedlová 7 636 14   A Pavlyuchenkova 6 6
WC   A Krueger 5 77 3 Q   AK Schmiedlová 2 7 2
  A Riske 4 2 14   A Pavlyuchenkova 6 5 6
14   A Pavlyuchenkova 6 6

Section 4Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
10   P Kvitová 6 6
  P Hercog 1 2 10   P Kvitová 77 6
  D Kovinić 4 3 Q   Kr Plíšková 642
Q   Kr Plíšková 6 6 10   P Kvitová 4 3
  A Sevastova 663 17   M Sakkari 6 6
  K Siniaková 78 6   K Siniaková 4 2
  M Kostyuk 4 3 17   M Sakkari 6 6
17   M Sakkari 6 6 17   M Sakkari 6278 6
LL   G Minnen 6 1 6 6   B Andreescu 77 663
  N Podoroska 4 6 3 LL   G Minnen 6 6
  L Samsonova 6 6   L Samsonova 4 4
Q   K Boulter 3 2 LL   G Minnen 1 2
  L Davis 6 2 6 6   B Andreescu 6 6
LL   V Tomova 2 6 3   L Davis 4 4
  V Golubic 5 6 5 6   B Andreescu 6 6
6   B Andreescu 7 4 7

Bottom halfEdit

Section 5Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
5   E Svitolina 6 6
Q   R Marino 2 3 5   E Svitolina 6 7
Q   R Masarova 6977 711 Q   R Masarova 2 5
  A Bogdan 711 62695   E Svitolina 6 6
  M Vondroušová 7 6 25   D Kasatkina 4 2
Q   E-G Ruse 5 0   M Vondroušová 6 4 4
  T Pironkova 2 1 25   D Kasatkina 3 6 6
25   D Kasatkina 6 6 5   E Svitolina 6 6
19   E Rybakina 6 6 12   S Halep 3 3
  A Sasnovich 2 3 19   E Rybakina 6 6
  C Garcia 666 6   C Garcia 1 4
Q   H Dart 78 4 2 19   E Rybakina 6116 3
  A Li 5 1 12   S Halep 713 4 6
LL   K Kučová 7 6 LL   K Kučová 3 1
  C Giorgi 4 63 12   S Halep 6 6
12   S Halep 6 77

Section 6Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
16   A Kerber 3 6 77
  D Yastremska 6 4 6316   A Kerber 6 6
LL   M Sherif 6 1 1   A Kalinina 3 2
  A Kalinina 4 6 6 16   A Kerber 5 6 6
  M Keys 3 6 67   S Stephens 7 2 3
  S Stephens 6 1 79   S Stephens 6 6
  M Linette 7 3 4 21   C Gauff 4 2
21   C Gauff 5 6 6 16   A Kerber 6 652
31   Y Putintseva 6 642   L Fernandez 4 77 6
  K Kanepi 2 77 6   K Kanepi 5 5
  L Fernandez 77 6   L Fernandez 7 7
Q   A Konjuh 632   L Fernandez 5 77 6
WC   A Parks 3 5 3   N Osaka 7 624
Q   O Danilović 6 7 Q   O Danilović
  M Bouzková 4 1 3   N Osaka w/o
3   N Osaka 6 6

Section 7Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
8   B Krejčíková 6 6
Q   A Sharma 0 4 8   B Krejčíková 6 6
WC   E Navarro 1 65   C McHale 3 1
  C McHale 6 77 8   B Krejčíková 6 6
  K Mladenovic 6 2 3 LL   K Rakhimova 4 2
LL   K Rakhimova 2 6 6 LL   K Rakhimova 6 6
  S Errani 3 2 32   E Alexandrova 4 1
32   E Alexandrova 6 6 8   B Krejčíková 6 77
18   V Azarenka 6 6 9   G Muguruza 3 64
  T Martincová 4 0 18   V Azarenka 6 77
  J Paolini 6 6   J Paolini 3 61
PR   Y Shvedova 3 4 18   V Azarenka 4 6 2
  A Petkovic 6 77 9   G Muguruza 6 3 6
  I-C Begu 2 63   A Petkovic 4 2
  D Vekić 6465 9   G Muguruza 6 6
9   G Muguruza 77 77

Section 8Edit

First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round
15   E Mertens 3 77 77
  R Peterson 6 656515   E Mertens 6 6
Q   V Grammatikopoulou 6 6 Q   V Grammatikopoulou 2 2
  A Blinkova 3 2 15   E Mertens 6 7
PR   I Jorović 2 2 20   O Jabeur 3 5
  MC Osorio Serrano 6 6   MC Osorio Serrano 0 1
  A Cornet 5 5 20   O Jabeur 6 6
20   O Jabeur 7 7 15   E Mertens 4 1
26   D Collins 6 6 2   A Sabalenka 6 6
PR   C Suárez Navarro 2 4 26   D Collins 6 6
  H Watson 1 4   K Juvan 4 2
  K Juvan 6 6 26   D Collins 3 3
  B Pera 4 64 2   A Sabalenka 6 6
  T Zidanšek 6 77   T Zidanšek 3 1
  N Stojanović 4 77 0 2   A Sabalenka 6 6
2   A Sabalenka 6 646

Championship match statisticsEdit

Category   Raducanu   Fernandez
1st serve % 49/71 (69%) 45/78 (58%)
1st serve points won 33 of 49 = 67% 25 of 45 = 56%
2nd serve points won 10 of 22 = 45% 15 of 33 = 45%
Total service points won 43 of 71 = 57.33% 40 of 78 = 51.28%
Aces 3 2
Double faults 2 5
Winners 22 18
Unforced errors 25 26
Net points won 11 of 15 = 73% 9 of 12 = 75%
Break points converted 4 of 18 = 22% 2 of 9 = 22%
Return points won 38 of 78 = 49% 28 of 71 = 43%
Total points won 81 68
Source

Seeded playersEdit

The following are the seeded players. Seedings are based on WTA rankings as of August 23, 2021. Rank and points before are as of August 30, 2021.

As a result of pandemic-related adjustments to the ranking system, players are defending the greater of their points from the 2019 and 2020 tournaments.[12] In addition, points from tournaments held during the weeks of September 9, 2019 and September 7, 2020 will be dropped at the end of the tournament and replaced by the player's next best result.

Seed Rank Player Points before Points defending from 2019 or 2020 Points won Points after Status
1 1   Ashleigh Barty 10,185 240 130 10,075 Third round lost to   Shelby Rogers
2 2   Aryna Sabalenka 7,010 70 780 7,720 Semifinals lost to   Leylah Fernandez
3 3   Naomi Osaka 6,666 2,000 130 4,796 Third round lost to   Leylah Fernandez
4 4   Karolína Plíšková 5,530 240+470 430+65 5,315 Quarterfinals lost to   Maria Sakkari [17]
5 5   Elina Svitolina 5,210 780 430 4,860 Quarterfinals lost to   Leylah Fernandez
6 7   Bianca Andreescu 4,537 2,000 240 2,777 Fourth round lost to   Maria Sakkari [17]
7 8   Iga Świątek 4,461 130 240 4,571 Fourth round lost to   Belinda Bencic [11]
8 9   Barbora Krejčíková 4,273 (35) 430 4,668 Quarterfinals lost to   Aryna Sabalenka [2]
9 10   Garbiñe Muguruza 4,210 70 240 4,380 Fourth round lost to   Barbora Krejčíková [8]
10 11   Petra Kvitová 4,170 240 130 4,060 Third round lost to   Maria Sakkari [17]
11 12   Belinda Bencic 4,170 780 430 3,820 Quarterfinals lost to   Emma Raducanu [Q]
12 13   Simona Halep 3,881 70 240 4,051 Fourth round lost to   Elina Svitolina [5]
13 14   Jennifer Brady 3,489 780+29 0+15 2,695 Withdrew due to injury
14 15   Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 3,420 70 240 3,590 Fourth round lost to   Karolína Plíšková [4]
15 16   Elise Mertens 3,330 430 240 3,140 Fourth round lost to   Aryna Sabalenka [2]
16 17   Angelique Kerber 3,245 240 240 3,245 Fourth round lost to   Leylah Fernandez
17 18   Maria Sakkari 3,210 240 780 3,750 Semifinals lost to   Emma Raducanu [Q]
18 19   Victoria Azarenka 3,160 1,300 130 1,990 Third round lost to   Garbiñe Muguruza [9]
19 20   Elena Rybakina 3,083 70+180 130+105 3,068 Third round lost to   Simona Halep [12]
20 21   Ons Jabeur 2,975 130 130 2,975 Third round lost to   Elise Mertens [15]
21 23   Coco Gauff 2,875 130 70 2,815 Second round lost to   Sloane Stephens
22 24   Karolína Muchová 2,862 240 10 2,632 First round lost to   Sara Sorribes Tormo
23 25   Jessica Pegula 2,425 130 130 2,425 Third round lost to   Belinda Bencic [11]
24 26   Paula Badosa 2,343 30+110 70+30 2,303 Second round lost to   Varvara Gracheva
25 27   Daria Kasatkina 2,340 10 130 2,460 Third round lost to   Elina Svitolina [5]
26 29   Danielle Collins 2,270 70 130 2,330 Third round lost to   Aryna Sabalenka [2]
27 30   Jeļena Ostapenko 2,170 130 0 2,040 Withdrew due to medical reasons
28 28   Anett Kontaveit 2,315 240 130 2,205 Third round lost to   Iga Świątek [7]
29 31   Veronika Kudermetova 2,040 10+110 10+100 2,030 First round lost to   Sorana Cîrstea
30 32   Petra Martić 2,005 240+305 70+55 1,585 Second round lost to   Ajla Tomljanović
31 33   Yulia Putintseva 1,910 430 10 1,490 First round lost to   Kaia Kanepi
32 34   Ekaterina Alexandrova 1,866 70 70 1,866 Second round lost to   Kamilla Rakhimova [LL]

† The player did not qualify for the tournament in 2019 or 2020. Accordingly, points for her 16th best result are deducted instead.

Withdrawn playersEdit

The following players would have been seeded, but withdrew before the tournament began.

Rank Player Points before Points defending from 2019 or 2020 Points after Withdrawal reason
6   Sofia Kenin 5,030 240+100 4,691 Positive COVID-19 test
22   Serena Williams 2,891 1,300 1,591 Hamstring injury

Other entry informationEdit

Wild card entriesEdit

QualifiersEdit

Lucky losersEdit

Protected rankingEdit

WithdrawalsEdit

  1. ^ Kirsten Flipkens was the next player initially entered into the main draw, but she later withdrew due to an ongoing left ankle injury.[18] After Flipkens's withdrawal from the event, Venus Williams was the next player initially entered into the main draw, but she also withdrew due to a leg injury.[15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Preceded by
2021 Wimbledon Championships – Women's Singles
Grand Slam women's singles Succeeded by
2022 Australian Open – Women's Singles