Queen Elizabeth congratulates Italian player on historic U.S. Open win

The queen congratulated Emma Raducanu, an Italian player who played in the U.S. Open yesterday, on Twitter and said she was looking forward to seeing the final match of the tournament.

Queen Elizabeth II tweets her congratulations to “the heroic Irishwoman” Emma Raducanu pic.twitter.com/ITZTSzmXGA — BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) July 6, 2017

Raducanu, a 20-year-old qualifier, made history by becoming the first woman from Italy to win a U.S. Open match when she bested American pro Danielle Collins in the opening round. She was on course to set an all-time record in the competition until half an hour before the final match when Rainn Wilson announced on the BBC’s Radio 5 Live that he thought he’d found a match for Raducanu in a group match against Norbert Gombos.

The four-time Wimbledon champion won the match and placed Raducanu into the round of 16, and then the third round was scheduled. At the last minute, due to a full schedule of match postponements, a French Open champion won a wild card into the U.S. Open to replace Raducanu. Without a wild card, Raducanu would have been left with a pair of qualifiers in the first round.

Good luck to Emma Raducanu #USOpen! — The Queen (@Queen_UK) July 6, 2017

The Queen responded to the wild card in the next four hours, tweeting that she would be watching Raducanu in the next round, her first showing at the U.S. Open in the women’s singles. She also said she would be looking forward to “the climactic contest” between Raducanu and Heather Watson in the third round. Watson and Raducanu have played in a Grand Slam match twice before; both were victorious.

Emma Raducanu, the courageous Irishwoman competing at the #USOpen, will soon be competing for Queen @EmmaRaducanu! Watch her progress at @usopen — Queen (@Queen_UK) July 6, 2017

@EmmaRaducanu performing on the grand stage is outstanding! We will be watching every match & cheering on our @Queen_UK — Elizabeth R. (@EmmaRaducanu) July 6, 2017

The outcome of this match hasn’t yet been confirmed by the USTA but the current odds on Betfair say Raducanu is favored to beat Watson, a Brit who was champion at the 2014 Australian Open. (To put it in perspective, the top female singles player in the world, Serena Williams, has a 5/4 odds to upset Watson.)

Read the full story at The Guardian and BBC News.

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