Emma Raducanu made history at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday night – becoming the first British woman since Virginia Wade to win a Grand Slam final by claiming the 2021 US Open title.
The 18-year-old ended Britain’s 44-year drought and Wade herself was there to cheer on the teen sensation at Flushing Meadows.
Backed by almost the entire nation, Raducanu played out an exhilarating final against fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez before winning 6-4, 6-3.
Despite being put through her paces by the 19-year-old Canadian, Raducanu held strong and ended a perfect US Open run with the ultimate prize.
Her underdog story is remarkable, and certainly one that has inspired thousands.
The unseeded Raducanu, ranked 150th in the world at the time, went all the way to the final without so much as dropping a single set. She became the first ever qualifier, male or female, to feature in the final of a Grand Slam in the Open Era.
Raducanu’s awe-inspiring US Open run has resulted in thousands of supporters and professionals alike sending their congratulations and support to the youngster.
David Beckham posted a photo of Raducanu on his Instagram story with the caption: “What a moment and what an achievement.”
Fellow Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford also celebrated the tennis icon’s victory with a message on Twitter.
His tweet was one of many – having backed Raducanu throughout her entire US Open journey as well as offering his support when she withdrew from Wimbledon with breathing issues.
Lewis Hamilton, Judy Murray, and Olympic gold medallist Adam Peaty are just three more sporting personalities to send their support and praise to the inspirational Raducanu.
“We should never underestimate the importance of female role models in sport and creating opportunities for young athletes to get close to them,” the tennis coach said on Twitter.
Raducanu currently boasts an astonishing 50 percent Grand Slam success, having claimed a title in just her second ever major tournament.
The Brit is already a champion, despite only making her professional debut in June this year.
Because of her remarkable ascension, the Brit has now skyrocketed from 150th to 23rd in the WTA world rankings.