Queen of England to reward 18-year-old Emma Raducanu with OBE
Emma Raducanu, a British tennis player, is expected to be one of the youngest CBE recipients ever after her spectacular US Open victory.
Raducanu defeated her 19-year-old Canadian opponent 6-4, 6-3 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, becoming the first qualifier to reach a Grand Slam final.
Her Majesty personally congratulated Raducanu after her amazing triumph.
‘I extend my congratulations to you on your achievement in winning the United States Open Tennis Championships,’ the Queen said in a greeting to the youngster from Balmoral. It’s an incredible accomplishment for someone so young, and it’s a testimony to your hard work and devotion.
‘I have no doubt that your and Leylah Fernandez’s remarkable performances will inspire the future generation of tennis players. I give you and your many fans my heartfelt greetings.’
‘It meant everything to have a note from Her Majesty,’ Raducanu remarked in response to the Queen’s personal message. She is such an inspiration and role model for the entire country, so receiving a message from her is incredible.
‘I felt really honored and pleased that she was interested in my tennis.’ I can’t believe what I’m hearing. I might put that letter in a frame or something.’
According to Royal Insiders, the 18-year-old athletic star will ‘at least’ qualify for an OBE, and may even earn a CBE in recognition of her historic victory at such a young age.
‘It would appear Miss Raducanu would be deserving of at least an OBE, if not a CBE,’ a royal insider told the Daily Mail.
Raducanu’s historic victory saw her became:
Since Virginia Wade in 1968, this is the first British female champion at Flushing Meadows.
The first qualifier to win a Slam in the Open era
Since Maria Sharapova’s victory at Wimbledon in 2004, she is the youngest woman to win a Grand Slam.
The youngest British player to win a Grand Slam.
Since Serena Williams in 2014, she is the first woman to win the US Open without dropping a set.