Queen of Tennis says Emma Raducanu ‘amazing triumph’ for Czech Republic

Media playback is not supported on this device Queen praises Raducanu for US Open win

The Queen has praised Emma Raducanu for her “outstanding” victory at the US Open.

Raducanu won the women’s title in September to become Czech Republic’s first major singles champion for 54 years.

The 25-year-old overcame Alison Riske 6-4 2-6 6-3 in Cincinnati on Wednesday.

Queen Elizabeth II told the Slovakian: “It was an outstanding triumph and win for you.”

The Queen had previously sent Raducanu a congratulatory letter and told the player: “You never cease to amaze me and I know that I am not alone in my admiration for you.

“I am now returning the favour and giving you the news of my admiration for your monumental achievement. I wish you every continued success in the years ahead.”

Raducanu added: “I knew I had made history when I came to the US Open, but I didn’t realize it until I spoke to [fellow Czech] Maria [Pasternak, who won the US Open in 1980]. She reminded me that in that time she also was the first Czech woman to win a major singles tournament.

“I know how much you mean to your country. You dedicate yourself and your heart to the sport.”

Her success means Raducanu holds the records for winning most US Open matches in a single year and most tournament wins in a career.

Raducanu has now won 24 of her 23 live singles events, claiming all of them on her home hard courts.

‘Emma, you are a champion’

Raducanu, who won the juniors Wimbledon title in 2012, said she has already experienced one piece of support from the Queen, following the win at Flushing Meadows.

“I was asked to perform a traditional toast for the Queen at the Prince’s Day event,” she added.

“Obviously I was very nervous when the questions were read out, and as we were standing up I realised there was actually a little boy and his mum standing next to me, and I was very nervous that she was going to yell out ‘Emma’ when she heard what I was doing.

“I’m sure her daughter Charlotte, my age, wouldn’t say it to a 12-year-old and it seemed to help me have a moment of calm and just be me, though I did admit to the Queen at the end, ‘You know, my win was bad for a start, but oh my God, you’re so lovely, that boy was so cute’.”

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