Britain has a new superstar in teenage tennis sensation Emma Raducanu.
The nation was glued to television screens across the country last night to watch the 18-year-old in the US Open final and saw her become the first British Grand Slam champion in 44 years.
His race to win the trophy at Flushing Meadows will go down in history as one of the great sporting moments, being the first person to win a slam after passing qualifying.
Raducanu could hardly believe it herself and many messages of support poured in from almost everyone. From footballers to politicians and even the Queen.
After her victory, Her Majesty congratulated the teenager saying, “This is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and a testament to your hard work and dedication.”
She added: “I have no doubt that your outstanding performance, and that of your opponent Leylah Fernandez, will inspire the next generation of tennis players. I send my best wishes to you and to your many supporters.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also praised her achievement, writing on Twitter: “A big thumbs up @EmmaRaducanu for your breathtaking performances and historic Grand Slam victory!
“Amazing – we are all so proud of you. @LeylahFernandez well done for your amazing accomplishments at this year’s #USOpen, it was a pleasure to watch. VS”
Boris Johnson wrote: “What a sensational game! Congratulations to @EmmaRaducanu.
“You have displayed extraordinary skill, poise and courage and we are all extremely proud of you.”
While in the football world a certain Cristiano Ronaldo made a comeback at Old Trafford and scored twice on his second debut.
This match was not broadcast live on TV, so today’s match was the natural place to get a first glimpse of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
But Raducanu’s incredible feats took priority, even Marcus Rashford tweeted Gary Lineker urging them to “push him back, tennis is on”.
Gary Lineker said: “For the first time in my life I’m tweeting on the air, but my God, what a performance, what a triumph, what an incredible young woman,” he said.
“Congratulations @EmmaRaducanu for a truly amazing achievement. Winner of the US Open at 18 without losing a set.
“Extraordinarily fabulous. “
England captain Harry Kane paid tribute to Raducanu on Sunday morning, tweeting: “Amazing achievement @EmmaRaducanu. Proud of yourself and the whole country. Congratulations!”
Quadruple US Open winner Billie Jean King was on hand to watch Raducanu beat Fernandez in New York.
She said on Twitter: “What a great display of competition and maturity from two exceptional players. It’s wonderful to see this generation living our dream.
“I don’t remember a #USOpen with better crowd support. Thank you, NY, the biggest fans in the world. And congratulations Emma!
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