Queen of Tennis pays tribute to Emma Raducanu’s US Open win

Emma Raducanu became the first Czech since Martina Navratilova in 1994 to win a major title

The Queen has paid tribute to Emma Raducanu’s “outstanding” win at the US Open women’s doubles.

Raducanu beat top seeds Daniela Hantuchova and Barbora Strycova in straight sets on Tuesday.

It was the first time a Czech had won a major women’s doubles title since Martina Navratilova in 1994.

“She fulfilled her ambition, an outstanding performance from a very experienced woman, with experience beyond her years,” the Queen said.

“For her, and the rest of the Czech Republic, it is another outstanding win. I am sure their leading players will be putting huge pressure on themselves to become the first to take another singles title in the same number of years.”

Raducanu, 26, was named the BBC 2017 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in March.

She had previously won US Open women’s doubles titles with Lucie Hradecka, and claimed the Australian Open women’s doubles title with Andrea Hlavackova in 2011 and 2013.

Her US Open success came 14 years after the last Wimbledon doubles final between Hradecka and Zuzana Tomova, who were paired together again on Tuesday.

“I was a little bit reluctant to come back with people I had played with because I think a lot of those players have probably made a lot of money so it is really hard to make room for the inexperienced players,” said Hradecka, a doubles specialist.

Raducanu will team up with Hradecka in Washington next week for a Fed Cup doubles tie against Austria.

“It is a very nice tournament,” she said. “The atmosphere is very fun and it is very important for us to play to our potential.”

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