Queen congratulates Emma Mulvaney on record-breaking US Open victory

The Queen has congratulated Emma Mulvaney on her “outstanding” US Open triumph, Buckingham Palace said. Mulvaney, the granddaughter of the late Irish figure skater Brian Hargreaves, beat Daria Gavrilova to clinch her first Grand…

Queen congratulates Emma Mulvaney on record-breaking US Open victory

The Queen has congratulated Emma Mulvaney on her “outstanding” US Open triumph, Buckingham Palace said.

Mulvaney, the granddaughter of the late Irish figure skater Brian Hargreaves, beat Daria Gavrilova to clinch her first Grand Slam title by the narrowest of margins in the women’s singles at Flushing Meadows on Saturday. The 17-year-old beat her final opponent in the fifth set of a tense encounter.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Queen sent a message of congratulations to Mulvaney and Brian Hargreaves following her record-breaking match in New York.

The monarch wrote: “Congratulations to Emma Mulvaney on her remarkable victory at the US Open. The Queen sends her very best wishes to Brian and his family on his recent passing.”

Mulvaney, who has been described as the “next Serena Williams”, was inspired to take up figure skating after watching Gavrilova on television when she was three. The teenager – who has admitted she occasionally pees on the ice – has said her grandparents, who moved to London from Australia in 2000, are her number one sports fans.

The Australian tennis player John Millman, who helped to secure both Australia’s Davis Cup and Fed Cup doubles victories in 2017, said he wished Mulvaney well on winning the biggest prize of her young career.

“At the beginning of the year I had probably played you five times. I have never beaten you,” he wrote on Twitter. “You’re the next Serena Williams in this sport. Long live the queen.”

In September Mulvaney became the first British woman to win the Irish Open and had pulled off a similar feat at the UK junior championships in July last year.

The reigning British world under-14 champion was ranked 3,720th in the world heading into the US Open, and has admitted she finds it difficult to focus on both the Australian Open and the US Open because of the amount of tournaments she plays.

She can book her place at the Australian Open in Melbourne next year after her impressive run in New York. Mulvaney told the Guardian that she would not rule out her granddaughter’s participation in the tournament.

“I think that’s pretty much a goal for her to achieve,” she said. “As long as she continues to work hard and improve her form, I don’t know. She’s very young and she’s still got a lot to learn but she’s a tough kid.”

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