The sports world has united to pay tribute to tennis sensation Emma Raducanu after she sensationally won the US Open last night.
Raducanu, just 18 years old, defeated fellow youngster Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 in New York to become the first British woman in 44 years to win a Grand Slam title.
And athletes past and present soon flocked to social media after Raducanu’s winning ace to congratulate her on her stunning achievement.
The sports world has united to pay tribute to Emma Raducanu after her US Open victory
In the last major tennis final between two teenagers in 22 years, Raducanu and Fernandez battled it out at Flushing Meadows in an epic lasting just under two hours.
Despite coming 150th in the world in the tournament, she also managed to avoid dropping a set completely, winning 10 matches, including three qualifiers.
Manchester United fullback Luke Shaw, who posted on Instagram, revealed he was watching the game at home before other athletes joined.
Raducanu defeated Leylah Fernandez in straight sets in New York to make sports history
“Tennis on, ready when you’re @wes_brown24, @samtrickett7,” Shaw captioned a photo of him sitting at a poker table.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson saluted Raducanu’s efforts and wrote: ‘Emma Raducanu, incredible’, accompanied by three clapping emojis.
“Absolutely unbelievable,” said Jack Grealish. ‘An (sic) inspiration for everyone, Emma Raducanu.’
Marcus Rashford, meanwhile, posted: ‘Look at that springback, Emma Raducanu. US Open champion, amazing. Congratulations.’
English cricketer Sam Billings added: ‘Unbelievable! Congratulations, Emma Raducanu.’
“Wow… legend!” Rio Ferdinand posted. ‘Congrats.’
Commenting on a post from the US Open account, Patrice Evra said, “Congratulations!”
“Wow, just wow!” Retired boxer Tony Bellew said. ‘A huge job well done to Emma Raducanu!’
Johanna Konta, who will soon replace Raducanu as Britain’s No. 1, also praised her, writing: ‘Big congratulations, Emma Raducanu.’
Simona Halep, the two-time Grand Slam winner, added: ‘Extraordinary.’
Raducanu is now poised to become one of the world’s best known names after her triumph, setting some records along the way.
No qualifier had ever reached a Slam final before Raducanu did, and she is also the first qualifier in the Open era to win a Slam.
She will also receive $2.5 million (£1.8 million) in prize money, the culmination of a truly historic two weeks for the tennis starlet.
After getting the trophy, Raducanu admitted she was having a hard time coping with the moment.
The teen admitted she struggled to get to grips with her sensational win
“It’s not sunken at all,” she said. “Honestly, I’m still so shocked. I can’t believe I made it through that last shift. I don’t want to let go of this trophy now.
“Yesterday and this morning there were some weird feelings, I didn’t know what it was, but when I got on the track I felt completely at home and it was business as usual. I think we both played incredible tennis.’
She also saluted her formidable opponent, Fernandez, praising the level of the game and admitting that she tried not to be put off by a forced timeout.
Raducanu also praised her opponent Fernandez after the two battled a two-hour marathon
“Leylah will always play great tennis, that’s just the competitor she is and that’s why she’s here in the final,” added Raducanu. “I knew I had to dig deep.
“Somehow I fell and I thought it would throw me off balance because I had to serve. I just didn’t pray for a double mistake.
“We got through it and just staying in the moment and focusing on the process and the mindset really helped through those tough times.”