“Tennis Queen”: Judy Murray and Others Congratulate Emma Raducanu on Historic Win at US Open 2021

Published 09/10/2021, 1:31 AM EDT
Sep 9, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates after her match against Maria Sakkari of Greece (not pictured) on day eleven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


After upsetting second seed Aryna Sabalenka, 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez became the youngest Grand Slam finalist at the US Open 2021 since Maria Sharapova’s 2004 Wimbledon run. However, hours later, the 18-year-old Emma Raducanu took Fernandez’s record after defeating 17th seed Maria Sakkari in the semifinals. An all-teenage battle will transpire for this year’s American Grand Slam title, the youngest final since 1999. 

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Furthermore, Raducanu also became the first-ever player in tennis history to reach a major final as a qualifier. Interestingly, she stunned the hard-hitting Sakkari in straight sets 6-1, 6-4. With her incredible result, she made tennis fans go berserk on Twitter. 

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From three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray‘s mother and coach Judy Murray to Kim Clijsters, Greg Rusedski, Nicole Gibbs, and Timea Bacsinszky reacted to her historic win. Even the official account of Billie Jean King Cup praised her run in New York.

Sep 9, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain (L) shakes hands with Maria Sakkari of Greece (R) after their match on day eleven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

It said, “Dream debut. All the way from qualifying, 18-year-old Emma Raducanu continues the fairytale with a trip to the USOpen final!”

Judy Murray and others congratulate Emma Raducanu after US Open 2021 SF victory

Firstly, the former British No.1 Greg Rusedski opened up on Raducanu‘s dominance over Sakkari. In addition to that, he made some bold predictions on the young Great Britain professional.

Rusedski tweeted, “Didn’t see this coming with Emma Raducanu. Thought this was going to be a tight and tough match. At the moment very onesided. This looks like the performance of someone who is going to be a world number 1 and multiple grand slam champion. Wow!”

Following him, Judy Murray reacted on the 18-year-old becoming the first qualifier to play for a Grand Slam title. Accordingly, she bestowed on her the phrase that has been long used for 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams. Judy wrote, “Tennis Queen. Incredible achivement.”

Moreover, the retired Swiss professional Timea Bacsinszky reflected on the coming of the age battle between Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez. Also, since she is also a commentator for the event, she expressed her gratitude.

Bacsinszky said, “How beautiful is it to see these 2 young and amazing players play the US Open Final !!! Well done Leylah Fernandez & Emma Raducanu! Looking so much forward for your Final on Saturday ! and I’m feeling so lucky to comment it on TV!”

Additionally, the former World No.1 Kim Cljisters also showed her appreciation. She wrote, “What an amazing performance from Emma Raducanu.” Besides, the retired American Nicole Gibbs called the 18-year-old “a freakin assassin.

Tennis tennis showing Raducanu more love

English former field hockey player, Samantha Ann Quek, was also inspired by the teenager’s incredible performance in New York. Notably, Raducanu has come up as a qualifier and hasn’t dropped a single set in the tournament.

Sam wrote, “WOW! WOW! WOW! Emma Raducanu. US Open finalist finalist AT 18!!! AS A QUALIFIER!!! Not one set dropped en route to the final…

Besides these, there are some other notable tweets from tennis twitter.

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Undeniably, the stage is set for the two youngsters to realise their dream on Saturday. Indeed, one of them will become the US Open 2021 champion and will join the list of great names in tennis history.

So, who are you going to support in the final?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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