The world of sport has united to pay tribute to tennis sensation Emma Raducanu after she sensationally won the US Open last night.
Raducanu, aged just 18, beat fellow youngster Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 in New York, becoming the first British woman in 44 years to win a Grand Slam singles title.
And athletes both past and present flooded on to social media soon after Raducanu’s winning ace to congratulate her on her jaw-dropping achievement.
The world of sport has united to pay tribute to Emma Raducanu after her US Open triumph
In the final major tennis final between two teenagers in 22 years, Raducanu and Fernandez fought at Flushing Meadows in an epic lasting just under two hours.
Despite coming into the tournament ranked 150th in the world, she also managed to avoid dropping a set entirely, winning 10 matches, including three qualifiers.
Manchester United full back Luke Shaw, posting on Instagram, revealed he was watching the match at home, before other sportsmen and women joined in.
Raducanu defeated Leylah Fernandez in straight sets in New York to make sporting history
‘Tennis on, ready when you are @wes_brown24, @samtrickett7,’ Shaw said in a caption for a photo showing him sat a poker table.
Saluting Raducanu’s efforts, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson wrote: ‘Emma Raducanu, incredible’, accompanied by three clapping emojis.
‘Absolutely unbelievable,’ Jack Grealish said. ‘A (sic) inspiration to everyone, Emma Raducanu.’
Marcus Rashford, meanwhile, posted: ‘Look at that bounce back, Emma Raducanu. US Open champion, amazing. Congratulations.’
England cricketer Sam Billings added: ‘Incredible! Congrats, Emma Raducanu.’
‘Wow… legend!’ Rio Ferdinand posted. ‘Congrats.’
Patrice Evra, commenting on a post from the US Open’s account, said: ‘Congratulations!’
‘Wow, just wow!’ Retired boxer Tony Bellew said. ‘A massive well done to Emma Raducanu!’
Johanna Konta, who Raducanu will imminently replace as the British No 1, also praised her, writing: ‘Huge congratulations, Emma Raducanu.’
Simona Halep, the two-time Grand Slam winner, added: ‘Extraordinary.’
Raducanu is now set to become one of the world’s best-known names after her triumph, and has set a number of records along the way.
No qualifier had ever reached a Slam final before Raducanu managed just that, and she is also the first qualifier in the Open era to win a Slam.
She will receive $2.5m (£1.8m) in prize money, too, crowning a truly historic fortnight for the tennis starlet.
After being handed the trophy, Raducanu admitted she was struggling to come to terms with the moment.
The teenager admitted that she was struggling to get to grips with her sensational victory
‘It’s not sunk in at all,’ she said. ‘Honestly I’m still so shocked. I can’t believe I came through that last service. I just don’t want to let go of this trophy right now.
‘Yesterday and this morning there were a few weird feelings, I didn’t know what it was but when I came out on court I felt completely at home and it was business as usual. I think both of us were playing some unbelievable tennis.’
She also saluted her formidable opponent, Fernandez, hailing the standard of play and conceding she tried to not let an enforced time-out throw her off.
Raducanu also hailed her opponent Fernandez after the two fought out a two-hour marathon
‘Leylah is always going to play great tennis, that’s just the competitor she is and that’s why she’s here in the final,’ Raducanu added. ‘I knew I had to dig deep.
‘I fell somehow and I thought that would throw my self off balance because I was going to have to serve. I was just praying not for a double fault.
‘We got through it and just staying in the moment and focusing on the process and the mindset really helped in those tough times.’