Emma Raducanu hailed by the Queen after sealing spectacular US Open win

Emma Raducanu has been hailed by the Queen after sealing a sensational US Open title win.

The 18-year-old, who had to come through qualifying just to be in the main draw at Flushing Meadows, beat Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 to become Britain's first women's Grand Slam singles champion since Virginia Wade in 1977.

And her amazing triumph has had the royal seal of approval, with the Queen quick to laud the teenage star.

"I send my congratulations to you on your success," she said.

"It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is testament to your hard work and dedication."

In her statement, the monarch added: "I have no doubt your outstanding performance, and that of your opponent Leylah Fernandez, will inspire the next generation of tennis players."

She wasn't the only royal impressed, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge taking to their joint Twitter account to praise Raducanu's "stunning" displays, whilst also congratulating Fernandez, 19.

"Huge congratulations Emma Raducanu on your stunning performances and historic Grand Slam victory! Incredible –we are all so proud of you," they said.

"Leylah Fernandez well done on your amazing achievements at this year’s US Open, it’s been a pleasure to watch."

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall echoed similar sentiments.

"Congratulations to Emma Raducanu on your US Open win – what a fantastic achievement. We are all so proud.

"Well done to Leylah Fernandez today too. An outstanding match between two inspiring young women – we can’t wait to see where you go next."

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Indeed, the all-teenage final gripped the nation, with even Gary Lineker breaking rank to offer his congratulations while he was presenting live coverage of Match of the Day: "First time in my life I've ever tweeted whilst on air but my goodness what a performance, what a triumph, what an amazing young woman."

Incredibly, Raducanu's very own fairytale of New York represented just her second Grand Slam tournament, after reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon this summer.

In an unprecedented run, she not only became the first qualifier to win a major but did so without dropping a single set.

She will take home £1.8m in prize money and has risen from 150th to 23rd in the world rankings.

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