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Emma Raducanu reunited with parents when she returns to the UK – five days after making tennis history | UK News

Emma Raducanu reunited with parents when she returns to the UK – five days after making tennis history |  UK News

Emma Raducanu has been reunited with her parents after arriving back in the UK – five days after making tennis history.

The proud father Ian raised her hand in the air before wrapping her arms around her daughter outside the family home in Bromley.

On Saturday, Raducanu became the first British woman to win a major title in 44 years, and the first qualifying match in history to lift a grand slam.

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US Open Champion Emma Raducanu said it was ‘pretty special’ to see her name engraved on the wall with the former champions, adding that she felt ‘very honored and grateful’ to receive a letter from Her Majesty the Queen.

Her parents – Romanian father Ian and Chinese mother Renee – had not been able to see their daughter win in person as they could not secure the visas needed to fly to New York.

Raducanu was a driving force behind the teenage tennis star, saying her parents were “proud and happy” after her victory, adding: “They are my toughest critics and so hard to please – but I got them this time!”

As a result of his victory, the teenager has shot 127 places in the world rankings in tennis, from 150th to 23rd.

Her performance was all the more remarkable as she did not lose a single set during her qualifying and main draw matches on her way to lifting the trophy.

Emma Raducanu at the Met Gala 2021. Photo: AP
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Emma Raducanu attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gala. Image: AP

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

She debuted at the Met Gala dressed in a black and white Chanel ensemble and visited the New York Stock Exchange.

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Back in 2014, 11-year-old Emma Raducanu told Sky Sports that she would like to become Grand Slam champion one day if she ‘works on her game and gathers it’.

Raducanus’ success received praise from around the world – including royals, other sports stars and celebrities, with the Queen and Duchess of Cambridge among those congratulating the tennis star.

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

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