Emma Raducanu reunites with her parents on her return to the UK – five days after making tennis history

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Emma Raducanu reunites with her parents on her return to the UK – five days after making tennis history


Emma Raducanu was reunited with her parents after returning to the UK – five days after making tennis history.

Proud father Ian raised his hand in the air before putting his arms around his daughter outside the family home in Bromley.

On Saturday, Raducanu became the first Briton to win a major title in 44 years and the first qualifier in history to win a grand slam.

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US Open champion Emma Raducanu said it was “quite special” to have her name engraved on the wall with the former champions, adding that she felt “very honored and grateful” to receive a letter from Sa Majesty the Queen.

Her parents – Romanian father Ian and Chinese mother Renee – had not been able to see their daughter triumph in person as they could not get the necessary visas to travel to New York.

A driving force behind teenage tennis star Raducanu said his parents were “proud and happy” after his win, adding: “These are my toughest critics and so hard to please – but I got them this time! “

Thanks to her victory, the teenager climbed 127 places in the world tennis rankings, from 150th to 23rd.

Her achievement was all the more remarkable as throughout her qualifying matches and the main draw on the way to the trophy lifting, she didn’t lose a single set.

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Emma Raducanu attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit Gala. Photo: AP

After the New York tournament, the 18-year-old spent several days touring the city before returning home.

She made her Met Gala debut wearing a black and white Chanel ensemble and visited the New York Stock Exchange.

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In 2014, 11-year-old Emma Raducanu told Sky Sports that she would love to become a Grand Slam champion one day if she “works on her game and brings it together.”

Raducanu’s success has garnered praise from around the world – including royalty, other sports stars and celebrities, with the Queen and Duchess of Cambridge among those congratulating the tennis star.

In a letter, the Queen wrote: “This is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and a testament to your hard work and dedication. ”

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