The Queen congratulates Emma Raducanu on her ‘remarkable’ US Open victory

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The Queen has hailed Emma Raducanu’s “remarkable achievement at such a young age” penning a tribute to her “outstanding performance” at the US Open.

Emma Raducanu became the first British woman in 44 years to win a Grand Slam in a breathtaking final beating Leylah Fernandez in straight sets.

The monarch was moved to write an open letter to the 18-year-old, saying: “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.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Twitter account posted in a tweet signed C for Catherine: “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.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “What a sensational match! Huge congratulations to @EmmaRaducanu You showed extraordinary skill, poise and guts and we are all hugely proud of you.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said that Emma’s story is London’s story.

He tweeted: “Born in Canada to Chinese and Romanian parents, she moved to London at two-years-old. Here in London, we embrace and celebrate our diversity. And if you work hard, and get a helping hand, you can achieve anything.”

Emma Raducanu’s home tennis club Parklangley in south London erupted in cheers and applause as she won the US Open in straight sets.

Her former coach and former strength and conditioning trainer were both very emotional when she won, holding back tears.

Both described the win as “unbelievable” but said they never doubted her for a second.

Pop group the Spice Girls congratulated Raducanu and her opponent, Leylah Fernandez, for achieving “Girl Power right there”.

Eagle-eyed Jamie Carragher spotted Curb Your Enthusiasm legend Larry David in the crowd borrowing a catchphrase to describe Emma’s performance.

TV presenter Gary Lineker also noted Raducanu’s “performance” and “triumph”.

“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,” he said.

“Congratulations @EmmaRaducanu on a truly staggering achievement. US Open winner at 18 without losing a set.

“Extraordinarily fabulous.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Congratulations @EmmaRaducanu on your trailblazing victory in the #USOpenFinal. We hope you heard London cheering you on all the way.”

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