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Teen star praised for classy 9/11 tribute

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The 19-year-old was defeated by British sensation Emma Raducanu 6-4 6-3 in an historic final that lived up to the hype. Watch Live Coverage of the 2021 US Open from Round 1 to the Finals with ESPN on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >Raducanu and Fernandez contested the first all-teenage grand slam final since 1999, when Serena Williams played Martina Hingis. The young pair played excellent tennis, with Raducanu ultimately triumphing to cap an astonishing run through qualifying and the main draw at the US Open. Fernandez would have been well within her right to be deflated after a loss on the biggest stage, but she put any feelings of disappointment behind her to deliver a touching speech in the post-match trophy ceremony. During trophy presentation, the 19-year-old was understandably disappointed but graciously congratulated Raducanu on her victory.“It definitely stings,” Fernandez said. “But it will just make me want to work harder and stronger, just come back to every tournament with the same hunger I came into this tournament.”Then as her post-match interview appeared to come to an end, Fernandez asked to have the microphone back so she could address the crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Canadian delivered a touching tribute to Americans on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, saying she wished to be as resilient as New York has been in the two decades since the attack. “I know on this day it was especially hard for New York and everyone around the United States,” Fernandez said.“I just want to say that I hope I can be as strong and as resilient as New York has been the past 20 years.“Obviously I don’t know much about what really happened.“But with the few information that I do have, I know that New York has suffered a lot the past years when it did happen.“I just wanted to let them know that they’re so strong, they’re so resilient.” Fernandez said she was grateful to share the moment with fans who have experienced significant adversity.”“They’re just incredible,” she said. “Just having them here happy, lively, just going back to the way they were, having my back during these tough moments, has made me stronger.”Former world No. 1 and 2003 US Open Champion Andy Roddick said he was “blown away” by Fernandez’s presence of mind to acknowledge the 9/11 anniversary just moments after she had played the biggest match of her career.Fernandez, who will jump to world no. 27, showed her class earlier after a dramatic conclusion to the final. The match exploded in controversy at the finish line when Raducanu was forced to take a questionable medical time out while facing break point as she was serving for the championship at 5-3.Raducanu notified the chair umpire after she scraped her knee and was left with blood trickling down her leg.The chair umpire then ruled she needed to have the scratch attended to.However, the timing of the time out, with Fernandez facing an opportunity to put the second set back on serve, appeared to anger the Canadian.Fernandez complained to the chair umpire before Raducanu came back and won the next point and took the championship just a few points later.But the world No. 73 brushed off the drama at the conclusion of the match and warmly embraced Raducanu at the net following her defeat.Fernandez pushed Raducanu further than anyone else this tournament with their match almost reaching the two hour mark.

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