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The Moment Emma Raducanu became US Open champion as seen by her Kent club

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Emma Raducanu made history last night – becoming the first British woman to win a major tennis tournament since 1977 – at the age of just 18-years-old.

The youngster, ranked 150th in the world, made it from the qualifying rounds to the final without dropping a single set – before dispatching Leylah Fernandez, also 18, in straight sets to lift the title.

For Kent and the UK, last night gifted us a very special moment, but none were happier than Raducanu's old tennis club, the place where it all began.

Read more: Emma Raducanu: The US Open star's age, career so far and humble upbringing in Kent

The Parklangley club in Beckenham played host to a large crowd of local patrons as they watched a hometown hero being born.

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From video posted to Twitter, it's clear just how much this victory meant for Emma's old club – with cheers going up, hugs being exchanged, and utter joy at what they'd just witnessed.

A few spectators were even wearing their Parklangley kit – including one man seemingly brought to tears by the victory – having just seen a product of their club break through the disappointment of dropping out of Wimbledon to take a major title on only her second ever entry.

Emma's story in Kent isn't just tied to Parklangley though – as having moved to the UK at the age of 2 from Canada, she attended Newstead Wood School in Bromley, an all-girls grammar school.

Suzanne Williams (centre), Strength and Conditioning coach for Emma Raducanu aged 8-12, at the Parklangley Club in Beckenham, celebrates her winning the US Open Final

Born to Chinese and Romanian parents, thousands of miles away in Ontario, Canada, it's undeniable how proud of Emma her local community are.

She's now displaced Joanna Konta as the UK Women's number 1 tennis player, and is expected to be ranked much, much higher than her current placing of 150th in the world following this momentous win.

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