KATE Middleton and Emma Raducanu gleamed before they hit the tennis court together following the teen’s storming win at the US Open.
The tennis ace, 18, is the first British woman to win a Grand Slam Single’s title since 1977 – and now faces royalty on the court.
The Duchess of Cambridge gave the Raducanu a smashing homecoming party at the National Tennis Centre this morning.
Kate, the Patron of the Lawn Tennis Association, is set to play Emma in a friendly doubles match.
The Duchess, brandishing a racket and in her tennis kit, sat with Britain’s new sports star along with fellow British US Open heroes Joe Salisbury, who won the mixed doubles, and Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid.
Kate is a keen tennis fan – and congratulated the teen when she won at the US Open earlier this month.
She is often seen at Wimbledon and was all-smiles earlier this year as she watched the women’s final as Ash Barty triumphed over Karolina Pliskova at Centre Court.
This comes after the tennis sensation attended a dinner hosted by British Vogue and Tiffinay & Co at London Fashion Week.
Raducanu is already a sporting icon but is now making waves in the fashion world, too, after attending the prestigious Met Gala in New York.
She rubbed shoulders with some big names at the London event, including activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai.
Raducanu was also pictured with world champion sprinter and double Olympic medallist Dina Asher-Smith, 25.
And Andy Murray has hailed Emma Raducanu’s “very special” US Open triumph and welcomed it as a massive boost for British tennis.
The three-time major champion said his compatriot’s success in New York showed what tennis insiders had known for a while – that she was “really, really good”.
Raducanu became the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam title when she overcame Canada’s Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3.
The victory saw her become the first British woman to lift a major singles title since Virginia Wade in 1977.
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