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Britain savors new star Raducanu's win

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(AP) -- The thought of getting a message from Queen Elizabeth II for becoming tennis' most improbable Grand Slam champion likely couldn't have been further from Emma Raducanu's mind at the start of the year.

Indeed, at that time, she was preoccupied with whether she'd be able to finish her high-school degree during the pandemic.

"So are A Levels happening?" read one of the first tweets of 2021 from a math and economics student from Bromley - an area of southeast London - who just happened to also be a really, really good tennis player, even if few in Britain had heard of her.


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