US Open final: Emma Raducanu win draws in peak viewing figures of 9.2million on Channel 4

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Emma Raducanu’s historic victory over Leylah Fernandez achieved peak viewing figures of 9.2million on Channel 4.

The 18-year-old Brit beat Fernandez in straight sets 6-4 6-3 to claim the title in only her second ever Grand Slam.

The final had been due to be broadcast solely on Amazon Prime, but Channel 4 struck a late deal - understood to be worth a seven-figure sum - to show it too.

The channel reported that its coverage of the final reached a total of 12.6m viewers. Wimbledon’s peak for the 2021 Championships was 7.9m.

An 18 per cent viewership share for the day also made it Channel 4’s most successful day since its coverage of the London Paralympics on August 29, 2012.

Channel 4’s chief content officer Ian Katz said: “We’re delighted that Channel 4, in partnership with Amazon Prime Video, could enable more than 9m people to enjoy one of the most thrilling and historic nights of British sport in a generation.”

Amazon Prime Video owned the exclusive rights to show the US Open in the UK. It has pledged to reinvest the money gained from its deal with Channel 4 into British women’s tennis to help fund the next generation of players.

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