On Saturday, Emma Raducanu won the US Open women’s singles championship. Emma is only 18 years old!! Emma was born in Canada, and her family moved to the UK when she was only two years old. Her mother is Chinese and her father is Romanian. The final was great, and it was the first all-teenage final since 1999, when Serena Williams beat Martina Hingis. I was rooting more for Canadian sweetheart Leylah Fernandez, who battled through three top-ten opponents (all in brutal three-setters) to make it to the final. But I was happy for Emma and she’s obviously a very, very good player and she’s already a huge star. She’s also the first qualifier to win a Slam title and the first British woman to win a major title since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977 (Andy Murray broke the drought for British men when he won his first major title at the US Open in 2012).
Anyway, as for the whole “Emma is already a star” thing – Britain was going crazy for Emma throughout the tournament, and Amazon Prime (which has the rights to the US Open) even negotiated a thing where a British channel aired the final live on TV, free for everyone. Emma also got congratulated by the Duchess of Cambridge, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall AND Queen Elizabeth II.
A message to surprise US Open champ Emma Raducanu from the Queen, who knows a changing of the guard when she sees one pic.twitter.com/N6oSOq0Iub
— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) September 12, 2021
Huge congratulations @EmmaRaducanu on your stunning performances and historic Grand Slam victory! Incredible –we are all so proud of you. @LeylahFernandez well done on your amazing achievements at this year’s #USOpen, it’s been a pleasure to watch. C
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) September 11, 2021
— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) September 11, 2021
What I appreciate is that everyone name-checked Leylah Annie Fernandez as well. Both teenagers are daughters of immigrants, and both have connections to Canada, a commonwealth country. The only quibble I have is that Kate alone sent the message to Leylah and Emma – that’s what the “C” indicates, that the message is coming “from Catherine.” Because don’t you know, Prince William doesn’t care about women’s tennis or women’s sports. William is too much of an elegant He-Man to care about women’s things.
Photos courtesy of Getty, Instagram.