British stars and public figures have been showering tennis player Emma Radacanu with messages of support and congratulations, following her incredible achievements at the US Open.
In the early hours of Friday morning, it was revealed that the 18-year-old Londoner had become the first qualifier ever to reach the final of a singles Grand Slam tournament.
She’s also the first British woman to make it to that stage of the US Open since 1968, and the youngest since 2004.
Following the news, Emma has been inundated with positive messages online, wishing her well ahead of her performance in the final.
Among the Brits lauding Emma on social media were Prince William and Kate Middleton, the prime minister and her peers from the sporting world:
Congrats @EmmaRaducanu what an achievement already!! Good luck this weekend we’re all be cheering you on back home 🎾
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) September 10, 2021
Great to wake up to some positive, surprising and inspiring news. Not that common these days. Good job Emma Raducanu, here’s to waking up in a couple of days watching you life the trophy. Enjoy it #USOpen2021pic.twitter.com/3aXEzaevB9
— James Cracknell (@jamescracknell) September 10, 2021
Can u dig it congratulations to Emma Raducanu c’mon LG
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) September 10, 2021
Emma Raducanu… wow… again 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
She is truly amazing. What a performance.#USOpen
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) September 10, 2021
We can all learn so much from this young woman. She’s playing without fear or weight of expectation. Her decision making looks clear and decisive. She’s in the moment playing it for what it is. She’s found the fun and the job has become a game! 🔥 https://t.co/gCrzi70hZ3
— Kate Richardson-Walsh OLY (@katewalsh11) September 10, 2021
Omg @EmmaRaducanu what news from the US Open! First qualifier to make the final and not even dropped a set! Absolutely phenomenal. No wonder she got sick during Wimbledon as she knew deep down what was coming. She’s fantastic – and HAS to win 🏆
What an inspiration.
— Omid Djalili (@omid9) September 10, 2021
Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill also hailed Emma as “incredible” following her latest victory.
Emma said on court after her win: “Honestly the time here in New York has gone so fast. I’ve just been taking care of each day and three weeks later I’m in the final. I can’t actually believe it.
“Today I wasn’t thinking about anyone else except for myself. While I have the moment I want to thank my team and the LTA and everyone at home for all their support.
“Since I’ve been here from the first round of the quallies I’ve had unbelievable support.”
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As for her chances in the final? “Is there any expectation? I’m a qualifier so technically there’s no pressure on me,” she added.
Emma will face Leylah Fernandez, a 19-year-old player from Canada, in the last stage of the competition on Saturday.