British tennis star Emma Raducanu, from Bromley, won the U.S. Open. She overpowered Leylah Fernandez, a 19-year-old from Canada – winning 6-4 6-3 in the US Open final on Saturday night. It was the first major tennis final between two teenagers in 22 years. She told the crowd: “Thank you to everyone here in New York – thank you all for making me feel so at home from my first qualifying match all the way to the final. I’ve loved playing in front of you and you’ve really spurred me on in some difficult moments.” Raducanu came into the US Open ranked 150th in the world. She said that it had always been her dream to win a Grand Slam. Raducanu will now receive $2.5m (£1.8m) in prize money. Raducanu is also the youngest champion since Maria Sharapova triumphed at Wimbledon in 2004.
Her victory is being celebrated across the UK, with the Queen leading the congratulations. “I send my congratulations to you on your success in winning the United States Open Tennis Championships,” the personal message from the monarch, posted on the Royal Family website said. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “What a sensational match! Huge congratulations to @EmmaRaducanu You showed extraordinary skill, poise and guts and we are all hugely proud of you.” Other tennis olayers over the world congratulated Raducanu.Tennis great Martina Navratilova tweeted: “A star is born- Emma Raducanu makes history”.