Emma Raducanu’s defeated opponent Fernandez explains on-court row with official

Leylah Fernandez admits she lost her cool "in the heat of the moment" when Emma Raducanu took a late medical timeout during Saturday's US Open final.

Raducanu, 18, got the better of the Canadian in straight sets (6-4, 6-3) to become the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam.

The Bromley teenager is also Britain's first female Grand Slam champion since 1977, achieving the feat without dropping a single set in the tournament.

However, before Raducanu sealed the victory there was a moment of controversy when she reached for a return and cut her knee on the court.

The umpire then called for a medical timeout just as Fernandez was growing in confidence, leaving the 19-year-old furious.

She could be seen arguing with an official about the decision to call timeout over the cut, despite tournament rules stating that a player must be treated immediately if they are bleeding.

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And after the defeat, Fernandez admitted she saw red in the heat of the moment.

"I honestly did not know what was happening with Emma," she said at her post-match press conference.

"I didn’t know how serious her fall was, so that’s why I went to see the official and ask her about it.

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"You know what, it just happened in the heat of the moment. It was just too bad that it happened in that specific moment with me, with the momentum.

"But it’s sports, it’s tennis. Just got to move on."

Raducanu said when discussing the incident: "Yeah, it was either 30-All or deuce. It was a pretty incredible point.

"She hit an amazing backhand line. I was giving it everything I had. I fell. My knee cut pretty bad.

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"I didn’t actually want to stop because I thought it would disrupt my rhythm, seeing as I was going to be serving 30-40, and to have such a long break after a point…

"But I couldn’t play on. I wasn’t allowed to because my knee was gushing with blood. The chair umpire said I needed to get it treated right away."

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