18-year-old Emma Raducanu, born in Canada to a Romania father and a Chinese mother and naturalized in UK, won the U.S. Open with a straight-sets victory 6-4, 6-3 over Leylah Fernandez of Canada on Saturday.
Raducanu was the first woman from Britain to win a Grand Slam singles title since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.
“An absolute dream,” Raducanu said after the victory.
Their match lasted an hour and 51 minutes, was the first major tennis final between two teenagers in 22 years.
It is an extraordinary, unprecedented achievement for Raducanu, who came into the U.S. Open ranked 150th in the world.
She didn’t drop a set during the entire tournament, playing a total of 10 matches including three in qualifying.
Queen Elizabeth even chimed in, sending out a statement from Balmoral Castle praising Raducanu for “a remarkable achievement at such a young age.”