Emma Raducanu became the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam after a stunning 6-4 6-3 win over Leylah Fernandez to claim the US Open title on Saturday night,
As the Victory for the 18-year-old ensured she became Britain’s first female Grand Slam winner in 44 years, following in the footsteps of Virginia Wade, who lifted the Wimbledon trophy in 1977.
The Queen led the tributes for the Kent teenager with a message of congratulations, hailing her “remarkable achievement”. “I send my congratulations to you on your success in winning the United States Open Tennis Championships,” a message from The Queen to the teenager read. “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.”
However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to Toronto-born Raducanu. He wrote on Twitter: “What a sensational match! Huge congratulations to Emma Raducanu. You showed extraordinary skill, poise and guts and we are all hugely proud of you.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also hailed the achievements of the teenager, who moved to England with her Romanian father and Chinese mother at the age of two.
“Huge congratulations Emma Raducanu on your stunning performances and historic Grand Slam victory!” the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrote on Twitter.
“Incredible – we are all so proud of you. Leylah Fernandez well done on your amazing achievements at this year’s US Open, it’s been a pleasure to watch. C” they added, signing the tweet with an initial from the duchess.
Meanwhile, England captain Harry Kane and seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton both spoke of their admiration for Raducanu’s achievement.
Kane tweeted: “Amazing achievement Emma Raducanu. Done yourself and the whole country proud. Congratulations!”