EMMA RADUCANU has made an admission about the Queen after the monarch contacted her following her US Open win in September
Emma Raducanu has admitted she’s yet to meet the Queen – despite her US Open win officially being given a royal seal of approval. Back in September, Raducanu, 19, stunned the world with her remarkable triumph at Flushing Meadows, becoming the first qualifier in history to prevail at a Grand Slam event.
In doing so, she became the first female British tennis player to win a Slam since Virginia Wade in 1977 – and the first to do in America in 1968 when Wade again was the victor.
Furthermore, she reached the final without dropping a single set and then continued that incredible sequence by beating fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3.
Following her success, Raducanu duly shot to superstardom, attending the prestigious Met Gala in New York and then in December, was named BBC Sport Personality of the Year. Her breakthrough year culminated with being awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list.
However, amongst the thousands of messages of congratulations that Raducanu received following her very own ‘fairytale of New York’, it was a letter from her majesty that the youngster appeared to treasure most.
“I send my congratulations to you on your success in winning the United States Open Tennis Championships,” wrote the Queen.
“It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is testament to your hard work and dedication. I have no doubt your outstanding performance, and that of your opponent Leylah Fernandez, will inspire the next generation of tennis players.
“I send my warmest good wishes to you and your many supporters.”
However, despite the lavish praise, Raducanu has now humorously revealed that she is still waiting to meet the Queen in person for the first time.
The world no 18, who rose more than 300 places in the rankings last year, was talking to Australian comedian Andy Lee as she took part in his ‘Guess Who’ series on the Wide World of Sports YouTube channel.
She was asked “Did you get to meet the Queen?” to which she smiled and responded “No.”
Lee then joked that he had had the power to arrange a visit for Raducanu, saying “I’ll have to organise that for you.”
The entertainer also engaged the British star with the ‘Guess Who’ board game, with the pair trying to name famous celebrities the other had chosen.
After some humorous exchanges, it was Raducanu who was declared winner after correctly picking between Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams, working it out after asking “Has this person won over 20 Grand Slams?”
However, there won’t be any further success for Raducanu on court this month after she lost her Australian Open second-round match to Danka Kovinic.
Despite a brave effort, playing on with deep blisters on her right hand, she went down 4-6 6-4 3-6