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Lewis Hamilton joins sports stars in congratulating US Open sensation Emma Raducanu

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Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has joined various other stars in extending his congratulations to 18-year-old tennis sensation Emma Raducanu, who made history by becoming the youngest British tennis player to reach the US Open final in the Open era.

The teenager from Bromley beat Maria Sakkari of Greece in straight sets in New York in the semi-final and will now face Canadian world No 73 Leylah Fernandez for the title in New York on Saturday.

Taking to his Instagram ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, the Mercedes driver wrote: “This is amazing!!! We’re all so proud of you. US Open, let’s go, Emma.”

Hamilton joins such stars as Oasis singer Liam Gallagher, who described her as a “celestial talent” and former footballer and now Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker saying she was “joyous” to watch.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Boris Johnson also sent their congratulations to the young British tennis star.

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Tennis lover Kate took to Twitter to express her sheer joy, with a personal message reading: “What an incredible achievement at this year’s US Open. We will all be rooting for you tomorrow, wishing you the best of luck! C.”

England footballer Marcus Rashford wrote on Twitter: “Congrats Emma Raducanu, what an achievement already!! Good luck this weekend we’re all be cheering you on back home.”

“I never thought it would come this early to be in a Grand Slam final,” Raducanu told BBC Radio 5 Live.

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“I’m really enjoying my time in New York and that’s showing in my tennis. Tonight, being under the lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium, it’s so iconic and I think I was just thriving in the moment.”

“I think honestly being young, there is an element of you do play completely free,” Raducanu said.

“But I’m sure that when I’m older or have more experience the same will happen to me. I think the tables will turn. Some younger players will come through.

“Honestly, right now I’m just thinking of the game plan, how to execute. That’s what’s landed me in this situation. It hasn’t been focusing on who’s expected to win this match or that one. I think it’s just taking care of the day. That’s what I’m doing quite well at the moment.

“I don’t feel any pressure to win. Any pressure is self-inflicted. I have expectations of my level and how I want to perform but there’s no pressure in terms of results.”

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