Kate Middleton, PM send wishes to Emma Raducanu ahead of finals
Kate Middleton and Boris Johnson have congratulated British tennis superstar Emma Raducanu after she reached the US Open final on her debut.
The Duchess of Cambridge is a big tennis fan and the patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. She hailed the teens “incredibly achievement” and sent her “the best of luck” ahead of her bid to win the grand slam tournament on Saturday.
Raducanu defeated Maria Sakkari of Greece in straight sets to see her way to the final.
She has become the first qualifier in history to reach a grand slam final – and the youngest since Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004 when she was 17.
She is also the first British woman to reach the final at Flushing Meadows since Virginia Wade won the title 53 years ago.
The duchess’s tweet said: “What an incredible achievement at this year’s #USOpen @EmmaRaducanu!”
We will all be rooting for you tomorrow 🤞 Wishing you the best of luck! C https://t.co/ceO5TuUEyt
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) September 10, 2021
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) September 10, 2021
PM Boris Johnson joined in the praise of the young tennis player.
Mr Johnson tweeted: “Well done @EmmaRaducanu for a brilliant win at the #USOpen. The whole country will be cheering you on in the final.”
Other celebrities sending their wishes include Marcus Rashford, Liam Gallagher.
Jo Durie, the last British woman to reach the US Open semi-final back in 1983, is now predicting big things for Raducanu’s future.
She said: “[Emma has] got such a good solid game – she can hit the ball hard at the right time, and her serve stands up under pressure.
“She works very hard at her game and with all of that behind her, for me it points to her being consistently up there in the future.”
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