Congratulations to 18-year-old Emma Raducanu for winning her first Grand Slam making her the first qualifier to ever win the event, reports CNN. She won on Saturday defeating fellow teenager Canadian Leylah Fernandez in a straight-set.
“It was an incredibly difficult match, but I thought the level was extremely high,” Raducanu said after the tournament. “And I hope we play each other in many more tournaments and, hopefully, finals.”
Raducanu came into the tournament in 150th place and is now the youngest player to have won the event since Maria Sharapova in 2004.
Emma Raducanu is Romainian on her father’s side and Chinese on her mother’s side. She said having a Chinese mother “instilled from a young age hard work, discipline.”
Besides winning her tennis trophy, Raducanu was congratulated by Queen Elizabeth II. Funny enough, Raducanu entered the tournament with hopes of just winning some money to buy some new AirPods after she lost hers, reports the Insider.
“There’s a running joke in my team because before my first-round qualifying match I lost my AirPods and I was basically running around the changing room like three minutes before my call to go on trying to find it, but I lost it,” Raducanu told ESPN. “I was thinking to myself, ‘You know what, if you win this match, you can buy yourself a pair of AirPods,’ and that’s become the running joke!”
For her Grand Slam win she won $2.5 million.