Emma Raducanu's special 'pinch me' moment she had thanks to the Queen

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US Open winner Emma Raducanu has opened up about her "pinch me" moment caused by the Queen following her big sporting success.

Since Virginia Wade in 1977, Emma Raducanu became the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam final. After qualifying for the prestigious event as a qualifier, she went on to win the US Open 2021 becoming the new British women's No. 1.

Since her sporting success, Emma has received a flood of support from high-profile supporters, including Her Majesty the Queen, who wrote her a personal letter of congratulations.

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Emma talked about her winning moment last year in the July/August edition of ELLE UK, sharing, "When I won the US Open, there was nothing big or amazing that my parents did to celebrate - we just came home and ate dumplings, and that was it," she revealed. "We are very normal."

While Emma's career has taken off, she admits that the Queen has given her the best "pinch-me moment yet".

"Definitely when I stepped off the court at the US Open, and when I received a letter from the Queen," Emma admitted when asked about her most surreal memories so far.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talks to British US Open champion Emma Raducanu as they return to the LTA's National Tennis Centre for The Homecoming and to celebrate their success on September 24, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for LTA)

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Emma previously told the BBC she was "very honoured" that Her Majesty reached out to her.

Her Majesty and Kate Middleton both publicly congratulated Emma after her huge win, taking to social media to issue official statements after her victory.

"Huge congratulations @EmmaRaducanu on your stunning performances and historic Grand Slam victory! Incredible –we are all so proud of you," the Duchess, who previously took to the court to play with Emma, penned, signing the message off personally with "C".

Kudzai Chibaduki
Features Writer

Kudzai Chibaduki joined Future as a trainee news writer for Good To, writing about fashion, entertainment, and beauty. She's now a freelance fashion wardrobe stylist and helps direct magazine photoshoots.