Emma Raducanu has tweeted for the first time since winning the US Open in sensational fashion.
The 18-year-old shocked the sporting world by overpowering 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez in the first major tennis final between two teenagers in 22 years.
In doing so, the unseeded rookie from Bromley became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in 44 years.
It wasn’t all plain sailing, though, as Raducanu was forced to take a medical time out after grazing her knee on the court as she ran to return a ball late in the second set. Thankfully, the injury wasn’t bad enough to derail her momentum, as she went on to win 6-4, 6-3 in order to claim the crown.
In doing so, Raducanu became the first ever qualifier, male or female, to feature in the final of a Grand Slam in the Open Era. Furthermore, she made it through the entire tournament without dropping a single set.
Taking to Twitter earlier today, she posted two images of herself hugging the trophy, alongside the caption: "We are taking her HOMEEE."
The famous victory prompted a huge response on social media, as fans and celebrities alike heaped praise on Raducanu.
David Beckham, Marcus Rashford, Lewis Hamilton and Judy Murray were amongst those who praised the youngster’s performance. Meanwhile, Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker took to Twitter to jokingly crown her BBC Sports Personality of the Year, while the Queen also took to the platform to praise her ‘outstanding performance.’
Raducanu has no intention of getting carried away though and told The Guardian: “I still haven’t checked my phone. I have absolutely no idea what’s going on outside of the little world that we’re in here. We’ve just been in the quiet room, just enjoying the moment, taking it all in. I think today we just really need to shut out from everything, just enjoy it as a team, because it was a team effort.”
The US Open was just Raducanu’s second ever major tournament after she was forced to retire from this summer’s Wimbledon with breathing difficulties.
Since then, she’s been working hard on being physically strong enough to compete at the top level and looked right at home at Flushing Meadows.
The victory saw Raducanu claim a cheque for £1.8 million and 2,000 ranking points, which will lift her from 150th to 23rd in the standings.News Now - Sport News