The royal source told the Daily Mail: ‘It would seem Miss Raducanu would be deserving of at least an OBE, if not a CBE.’ Raducanu has ended Britain’s 44-year wait for a women’s Grand Slam singles champion after beating Leylah Fernandez to win the US Open in a thrilling style last week. ‘I was extremely honoured and very very grateful that she took notice of my tennis. I can’t believe it. I’m maybe going to frame that letter or something.’ Britain’s tennis star, Emma Raducanu is reportedly set to be one of the youngest CBE recipients ever after her stunning US Open win. Raducanu’s historic victory saw her became: ‘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.’ Royal Insiders are now saying that the 18-year-old sporting sensation will qualify for an OBE ‘at least’ – and may even receive a CBE in reflection of her historic triumph at such a young age. In reaction to the personal message from the Queen, Raducanu said: ‘It meant everything to get a message from Her Majesty. She’s such a great inspiration and role model for the whole country so to have a note from her…
Raducanu, who was the first qualifier ever to reach a Grand Slam final, beat her 19-year-old Canadian opponent 6-4, 6-3 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. After her stunning victory, Her Majesty personally congratulated Raducanu.
- The first British female winner at Flushing Meadows since Virginia Wade in 1968
- The first qualifier in the Open era to win a Slam
- The youngest women’s Slam champion since Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004
- The youngest Briton to win a Grand Slam title
- The first woman to win the US Open without dropping a set since Serena Williams in 2014