Daily Mail

Emma has lifted spirit of a nation

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AS EMMA Raducanu slumped to the ground after becoming the U.S. Open women’s champion with a glorious ace, she left her new legion of adoring fans on cloud nine. This unassuming 18-year-old has broken records galore, including being the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam and the first British woman to win a major tournament for 44 years. Yes, as well as the trophy she took home a cheque for £1.8 million. But more than that, she battled back from the trolls and critics, including Piers Morgan, after the abuse aimed at her when she was forced to retire from the fourth round of Wimbledon on medical grounds. Emma’s performanc­e at the Arthur Ashe stadium in New York was the ultimate display of resilience and showed an ability to bounce back from adversity that some tennis players with many more years of experience than her could never muster in their whole careers. Let us not forget her opponent. Aged only 19, Leylah Fernandez could be Raducanu’s Federer, Djokovic or Murray for the next decade. Well done, Emma, we are all so proud of you!

ASHLEY SMITH, March, Cambs. FOR two teenagers to produce a nail-biting and competitiv­e spectacle signals a new era of women’s tennis.

The achievemen­t of Emma Raducanu is only enhanced by the performanc­e of her talented opponent Leylah Fernandez. Thanks to both of them for providing brilliant entertainm­ent and thanks to Channel 4 for striking a deal so we all had the chance to see the match live on TV.

M. JONES, Hatfield, Herts. EMMA RADUCANU’S wonderful victory in the U.S. Open is a tonic for us all. Her tennis skill, flashing smile and natural youthful exuberance have captured all our imaginatio­ns. She will deservedly become extremely wealthy and go on to great things. A gong in the New Year’s Honours list is expected, but i hope that restraint is shown. Honour Emma by all means, but bear in mind she is only a teenager, so let her mature into the sportswoma­n i’m sure she will become before bestowing a damehood on such young shoulders.CHRIS

SHARP, Leeds. WHAT the people of Britain like so much about Emma Raducanu is not just her exciting tennis but her humble persona. Please take note, Premier League footballer­s.

TONY THOMPSON, Banbury, Oxon. EMMA’S ‘Emmazing’ win! No grunting, no screaming, just smiles. JOHN ALDERSON, Tonbridge, Kent.

 ??  ?? Victory: Smiling Emma Raducanu
Victory: Smiling Emma Raducanu

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