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The Queen

The Queen hails the “remarkable” Emma Raducanu as she makes history winning the US Open


The Queen has sent a message of congratulations to British teenager Emma Raducanu after the made history, becoming the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles tournament in 44 years.

Never dropping a set in any of her ten matches, 18-year-old Raducanu dominated the US Open Championships in New York, beating Canadian Leylah Fernandez in just over 90 minutes.

Writing from Balmoral Castle, The Queen has hailed the “remarkable achievements” of Raducanu at such a young age.

The British Consul-General in New York personally delivered the letter to Raducanu after the conclusion of the match.

In a letter, Her Majesty 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.”

Just three months ago, the 18-year-old was ranked the world number 338. She has become the first qualifier to ever win the US Open.

Raducanu has received prize money totalling $2.5 million for winning the Championships, with many millions more expected to come in through sponsorship deals when she returns to the UK.