Lewis Hamilton Ecstatically Reacts to British Teenager Emma Raducanu’s Sensational US Open Run

Published 09/10/2021, 7:45 AM EDT
Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of the United Kingdom after beating Shelby Rogers of the USA on day eight of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


Over the years, England has produced some iconic stars in various sports. Among them features Lewis Hamilton, who is a seven-time world champion in Formula 1. While the 36-year-old continues to excel in the pinnacle of motor sport, Emma Raducanu looks to be a star in the making in the sport of tennis.

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Yesterday, the 18-year-old made history by defeating Maria Sakkari to reach her maiden US Open final. Following her unprecedented success, Hamilton took to social media to congratulate his compatriot for an excellent performance.

Lewis Hamilton congratulates Emma Raducanu for US Open success

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Raducanu entered the hard court Grand Slam as a qualifier. However, she stormed her way to the main draw with convincing victories. Although she had a good run in Wimbledon a few months back, very few expected her to achieve this much success in her first ever US Open.

Under the lights in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, the 18-year-old scored a stunning straight-sets upset over 17th seed Maria Sakkari in the semifinal. Prior to this, she defeated Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Belinda Bencic in the quarterfinals, again in straight sets.

After yesterday’s stunning victory, millions from across the world congratulated Raducanu for her success. And Hamilton joined the party, by sharing a story on Instagram with a message for the 18-year-old.

He wrote, “This is amazing!!! We’re all so proud of you. US Open final, let’s go Emma.”

While she’s yet to drop a set, she will make history on September 11 when she faces 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez in the final. This will be the youngest US Open final since 1999, when Serena Williams faced Martina Hingis. In addition, Raducanu is the first tennis player to reach a Grand Slam final as a qualifier.

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Can Hamilton score his first win after the summer break in Monza?

The defending world champion ended the summer break with an eight point lead over rival Max Verstappen. However, he now trails the Dutchman by three points following the races in Belgium and the Netherlands after the summer break.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the podium with champagne after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Seco

However, the Italian Grand Prix presents a good opportunity for the Briton to retake the championship lead. With five wins in Monza, Hamilton comes into the weekend with far better results than Verstappen, who’s yet to stand on the podium here.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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