What an extraordinary conclusion to what is a real-life fairytale. Emma Raducanu ended Britain's 44-year wait for a women's Grand Slam singles champion as she beat Leylah Fernandez to win the US Open in the most thrilling style. The 18-year-old ended her scarcely believable run in New York with a 6-4 6-3 win over her 19-year-old Canadian opponent in a high-quality final. Raducanu threw herself to the floor in disbelief as she fired down an ace to conclude what has been the most remarkable journey. Raducanu served for the match at 5-3 but cut her leg as she went break point down, leading to a medical time-out and a clearly irritated Fernandez expressing her frustration to the match official. We have a new star and I have no doubt that this is only the beginning for Emma. In an about-turn, plans to introduce vaccine passports for access into nightclubs and large events in England will not go ahead, the health secretary said. Sajid Javid told the BBC: "We shouldn't be doing things for the sake of it." It was thought the plan, which came under criticism from venues and some MPs, would be introduced at the end of this month. Just a week ago, the vaccines minister had defended the scheme as the "best way" to keep the night industry open. No 10 stressed the plan would be kept "in reserve" should it be needed over autumn or winter. Finally, Lewis Hamilton said Formula 1's 'halo' safety device saved his life in his crash at the Italian Grand Prix. The 36-year-old seven-time world champion was hit by Red Bull's Max Verstappen, with the Dutchman's car driving over Hamilton's Mercedes. The 'halo', a curved, reinforced bar in front of the driver's head, protected Hamilton from a more severe impact.