Raducanu, Ronaldo, Verstappen and Hamilton: 25 of the best sports images of the week

We pick out some memorable pictures from the last seven days

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What a sensational sporting week we have just enjoyed, full of spectacular crashes, superstar returns and fairy-tale storylines.

On the racetrack, the Formula One title battle took a scary twist when Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were involved in a dangerous crash during the Italian Grand Prix.

The pair, who were involved in a controversial collision at the British GP in July, came together again as they battled for position at Monza with Verstappen's car landing on Hamilton's Mercedes, the halo head protection probably saving the British driver from serious injury.

Both drivers were unhurt but out of the race that was eventually won by Daniel Ricciardo, who claimed McLaren's first victory since Brazil in 2012.

In football, Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Manchester United has dominated the news for the last couple of weeks and his first game back did not disappoint.

The Portuguese started the match against Newccastle United and inevitably found the net not once, but twice in a 4-1 victory over the Magpies in front of a rocking Old Trafford crowd.

Meanwhile, a new star has been born in the tennis world. British Emma Raducanu became the first qualifier in the Open era to win a Grand Slam title when she defeated fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 to win the US Open in New York.

Raducanu did not drop a set during her incredible run to the final and became the first British woman in 44 years to win a major singles title.

She was also the youngest women's Slam champion since Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004. “It's an absolute dream,” admitted the 18-year-old afterwards.

We pick out 25 of the most spectacular images from the past seven days in the gallery above.

Updated: September 13, 2021, 3:46 AM