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The Queen, Prince William and Kate lead congratulations to Emma Raducanu after ‘remarkable’ US Open triumph

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THE Queen has led congratulations to Emma Raducanu’s “outstanding performance” while Wills and Kate have praised her “incredible victory”.

The 18-year-old made history as the British superstar won the US Open on Saturday night.

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Emma Raducanu produced one of the greatest sporting achievements ever and famous faces from across the globe have heaped praise on her achievements[/caption]

And famous faces from across the world were quick to hail the heroic achievements in New York.

Raducanu beat Leylah Annie Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 at the Arthur Ashe stadium to become the first qualifier ever to win the tournament.

She didn’t drop a single set on the way to glory in one of the greatest sporting achievements of all time.

And the Queen led the tributes along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Monarch said: “It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is a 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. “


A tweet from the official account of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge congratulated the teenager and her opponent on their “amazing achievements” at the tournament.

“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”

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson said: “What a sensational match!

“Huge congratulations to @EmmaRaducanu ??.

“You showed extraordinary skill, poise and guts and we are all hugely proud of you.”

Marcus Rashford, Stephen Fry and Gary Lineker were just some of the other stars to praise the teenager’s history-making performance.

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Fry tweeted: “What a glorious day for two remarkable young women.

“Yes, it may be ‘only’ sport, but in that ‘only’ there can be found so much of human joy, despair, glory, disappointment, wonder and hope.

“A brief flicker of light in a dark world.”

Manchester United ace Rashford wrote: “Look at that bounce back @EmmaRaducanu US Open champion, amazing. Congratulations.”

Lineker – who was presenting Match of the Day at the time – tweeted: “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.”

Michael Grande tweeted: “Sports Personality of the Year will be a foregone conclusion.”

‘IT’S A JOKE! UNBELIEVABLE’

And British tennis icon Tim Henman was courtside and was full of emotion after Raducanu’s win.

He said: “It’s an absolute joke, I’m shaking and my legs are like jelly.

“I can’t believe how resilient she was and the quality of tennis. These champions find a way to get it done.

“She executed at such a high level. On the day Raducanu was too good.

“She made it look ridiculously easy but she has the mental toughness in spades.

“Such good quality but she has the belief, she’s never blinked. She had a medical timeout serving for the match – it’s a joke, unbelievable!

“She is going to win more of these, she’s not some flash-in the-pan fairy-tale.

“Her world is going to go upside down and it’s going to be one hell of a ride as long as she can stay injury-free.

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“If you could say she would qualify and win a round she’d have signed for that in a heartbeat.”

Although most of the pre and post-match reaction to Raducanu’s achievements was positive, Piers Morgan decided to repeat his ‘choke’ jibe just before she took to the court.

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