Queen Elizabeth congratulates Emma Raducanu on ‘inspiring’ US Open triumph
Emma Raducanu has been personally commended by The Queen for her glorious achievement at the final Grand Slam of the season.
The young star won out in the teen tussle between herself and Leylah Fernandez to become the first British woman to win a Slam singles title since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon 1977.
Raducanu has unsurprisingly received unending praise from so many in the world of tennis and beyond.
Her astonishing success has even been recognised by Queen Elizabeth II herself, releasing a message of congratulations for Raducanu.
“I send my congratulations to you on your success in winning the United States Open Tennis Championships,” the statement begins. “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.”
— Luke Dennehy (@LukeDennehy) September 11, 2021
Raducanu did not drop a set across 10 matches in qualifying and the main draw of the tournament, including never being pushed to a tiebreak at any point.
As well as the first British woman to win a Slam since 1977, she is the first to win the US Open since 1968, once again being Virginia Wade.
Raducanu is also the first qualifier, man or woman, to win a Grand Slam as a qualifier.
The accomplishment will see the 18-year-old rocket up the rankings to a career-high world number 23, becoming British number one in the process.
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