Raducanu defeated 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernández 6-4, 6-3 to become the first British Grand Slam singles champion since Virginia Wade in Wimbledon in 1977, and the first player to win a major after going through a qualifying tournament.
“I send you my congratulations on your success,” said the Queen. “It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age and is a testament to their hard work and dedication.”
Raducanu’s victory even managed to get both soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals on his return to Manchester United off the front pages of the British newspaper on Sunday morning.
The Express called him “Absolutely Emm-ense!” while the Telegraph proclaimed, “He did it!”
Social media caught fire after Raducanu sealed the win with an ace.
Former England footballer Gary Lineker stopped hosting the Premier League highlight program “Game of the Day” on BBC TV to post: “The first time in my life I tweeted while on air, but my gosh what performance, what a triumph, what an incredible young man. ”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “What a sensational match! Huge congratulations to Emma Raducanu. You showed extraordinary ability, poise and guts and we are all very proud of you.”
Raducanu’s only previous Slam appearance, at Wimbledon in July, ended when he withdrew from his fourth-round match after an anxiety attack.
“Look at that rebound from @EmmaRaducanu US Open champion, amazing. Congratulations,” tweeted England and Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford, who had offered support to Raducanu after his departure from Wimbledon.
Look at that bounce from @EmmaRaducanu US Open champion, incredible. Congratulations 👏🏾👏🏾🇬🇧
– Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) 1631398276000
Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton said: “It was amazing to see her rise, the focus she has and the great determination.
“She is also a sweet person, so the UK can be proud of her and I am very proud of her and I can’t wait to see what she does next. She is an inspiring figure.”
Raducanu was born in Canada to a Chinese mother and a Romanian father, but grew up in Bromley, in the south London suburbs, after moving to England at the age of two.
At her old tennis club, Parklangley, members gathered in front of televisions Saturday night to lead her to victory.
“I’m speechless. I’m sore and hoarse from screaming,” said former coach Suzanne Williams.
Former British number one Tim Henman, who was on the court in New York, said: “She will win more of these, she is so good. This is not a flash in the pan or a fairy tale. She is playing tennis among the top five “.
Australian Grand Slam winner Pat Cash told BBC radio that a qualifier who wins a major is “something I never would have believed would happen. It’s mind-blowing.”
And the great tennis player Martina Navratilova tweeted: “A star is born: Emma Raducanu makes history … and is just beginning. And she will never have to qualify again :)”
A star is born – Emma Raducanu makes history – no qualifier ever won a major – men or women – and she is simply … https://t.co/p91JBIfNvK
– Martina Navratilova (@Martina) 1631400631000
In China, where the match took place early Sunday, Tencent published an article with photos of Raducanu visiting China as a child.
“An ethnic Chinese won the US Open,” he announced. “She claimed that her motivation (or power) comes from her Chinese mother!”