The Queen has led a wave of tributes to Emma Raducanu following her “remarkable achievement” in winning the US Open.
The British teenager, who arrived in New York last month with a ranking of 150th and just one Grand Slam appearance to her name, beat Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez in straight sets in Saturday’s final.
In a statement, the Queen wrote: “I send my congratulations to you on your success in winning the United States Open Tennis Championships.
“It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is testament to your hard work and dedication. I have no doubt your outstanding performance, and that of your opponent Leylah Fernandez, will inspire the next generation of tennis players. I send my warmest good wishes to you and your many supporters.”
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Following her win, Emma said: “You say, ‘I want to win a Grand Slam.’ But to have the belief I did, and actually executing, winning a Grand Slam,” Emma said, “I can’t believe it.”
Until three months ago, Emma had never played in a professional tour-level event, in part because of the pandemic and her parents’ insistence that she complete her high school degree.
“My dad is definitely very tough to please,” the 18-year-old said with a smile following her victory. “But I managed to today.”
Emma also put a smile on the faces of many famous Brits, who rushed to congratulate her on social media…
Huge congratulations @EmmaRaducanu on your stunning performances and historic Grand Slam victory! Incredible –we are all so proud of you. @LeylahFernandez well done on your amazing achievements at this year’s #USOpen, it’s been a pleasure to watch. C
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) September 11, 2021
What a sensational match! Huge congratulations to @EmmaRaducanu 🇬🇧
You showed extraordinary skill, poise and guts and we are all hugely proud of you.#USOpen
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) September 11, 2021
— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) September 11, 2021
First time in my life I’ve ever tweeted whilst on air but my goodness what a performance, what a triumph, what an amazing young woman. Congratulations @EmmaRaducanu on a truly staggering achievement. US Open winner at 18 without losing a set. Extraordinarily fabulous. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) September 11, 2021
Struggling to get my head around what @EmmaRaducanu has achieved.
Incredible stuff. It is so hard to maintain the intensity & quality when it means so much. Get in 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) September 11, 2021
Never played a major tournament 3 months ago and 20 straight sets later wins US Open. Whatever happened before she ‘retired’ Wimbledon 4th round the result is the success formula:
pain + mental strength + monumental talent = winner. This is @EmmaRaducanu & YOU ¥$%€# DID IT! 👊🏼 pic.twitter.com/dyjXRRoaQ5
— Omid Djalili (@omid9) September 11, 2021
Emma is the first female qualifier to reach a Grand Slam final, let alone win one, and is the first woman to win the U.S. Open title without dropping a set since Serena Williams in 2014.
Emma, who was born in Toronto and moved to England with her family at age 2, is also the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles trophy since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.
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