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

THE Queen has led tributes to Emma Raducanu’s "outstanding performance" while Kate Middleton and Prince William have praised her "incredible victory".

The Monarch sent a warm congratulations letter to the 18-year-old superstar in person after she won the US Open last night.



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.

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.

It read: "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."

Piers Morgan, And and Dec, Marcus Rashford, Stephen Fry and Gary Lineker were just some of the others to praise the teenager's history-making performance.

Piers wrote: "From Wimbledon choker to US Open champion in 3 months…. never seen a more brilliant illustration of mental strength & resilience than @EmmaRaducanu's win.

"That's what elite sport is all about — facing up to loss/adversity & going again with no whining & steely determination."

Ant and Dec tweeted: "Immense! Congratulations Champ!"

Meanwhile, Fry said "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."

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."

Comedian Dara O Briain said: "Well that is both brilliant and ludicrously unbelievable. Well done Emma Raducanu."

8 Out Of 10 Cats host Jimmy Carr described the teenager as a "legend" and admitted he had become emotional through the match.

"Emma Raducanu – 20 straight sets. What a performance? What a legend? The game I love played beautifully," he tweeted.

"I think it's ok I shed a tear. Congratulations Emma & also well done on those A Levels."

Fellow Cats panellist Jon Richardson added: "What a treat and a privilege that was to watch.

"Thank goodness for sport in a messed up world and thank goodness for Emma Raducanu. Absolutely superb."

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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."

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