Emma Raducanu supporters in Bromley celebrate win
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Loyal supporters of the history-making teen can be seen jumping for joy at Parklangley Club after the world No 150 beat 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 to polish off a perfect fortnight of tennis in New York on Saturday night. Joyous scenes came as Emma Raducanu’s championship point serve sails past Fernandez and the Bromley prodigy collapses to the floor in tears.
The packed club then descends into total anarchy as friends and admirers of all ages cheered and sung as Ms Raducanu sailed through to clinch the trophy.
Harry Bushnell, who coached Ms Raducanu from the age of six to 10, told The Sun: “I think it’s a testament to her because she’s such a pleasant person, on and off the court.
“I think that’s why so many people are getting behind her and certainly here at the club.
“Parklangley club will always be behind her every step of the way.”
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While Suzanne Williams, who used to be the tennis star’s strength and conditioning coach, said: “It’s absolutely incredible just to see her develop and become this player when I knew her when she was so young, from eight to 12 years old.
“Of course you could see there was some incredible potential there but to see her on the screen in this environment is incredible.”
Ms Raducanu’s win means she is the first British woman to win a major final since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.
She is also the first woman to win the title in her second appearance at Grand Slam level.
Emma Raducanu: British teen wins US Open
Speaking after the historic win, an ecstatic Ms Raducanu said: “First of all, I really want to congratulate Leylah and her team, she played some incredible tennis and has beaten some of the top players in the world.
“The level was extremely high and I hope we play each other in many more tournaments and hopefully finals.
“As for this three weeks in New York, I would say having such a supportive team, the LTA my agent, and everyone back home watching on TV, thank you so much for your support over the years.
“Thank you for making me feel so at home from my first qualifying match, you have spurred me on in some difficult moments and I hope me and Leylah put on a good match today.”
But her win didn’t come without drama, as she slipped while serving for the match and needed a medical time out, grazing her knee and bleeding as Fernandez set up a break point.
The Briton was able to save two break points in the final game of the match and serve out the match, in an unprecedented victory.
Neither Ms Raducanu nor Ms Fernandez had ever played a competitive match on the WTA tour before Saturday night’s history-making tennis bout.
Ms Raducanu, who only finished her A-Levels in July, has now pocketed an eye-watering £1.8million prize money for her historic win.
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