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Emma Raducanu celebrates with the championship. (Reuters)

British sensation Emma Raducanu said she wants to buy herself a new pair of AirPods after losing hers during the US Open as she also spoke of being congratulated by Buckingham Palace.

The 18-year-old British tennis player swept to victory in the final on Saturday, beating Leylah Fernandez in Straight sets 6-3 6-3. 

The teenager is the first qualifier to win a grand slam, and her victory comes just three months after she took her A-levels.

It also made her the first British woman to win a grand slam in 44 years. 

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The teenager also takes away winnings of $2.5m (£1.8m). And speaking to ESPN after the match, she said she wants buy herself new AirPods, which retail at around £110. 

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain hits a volley against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women's singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports
Emma Raducanu became the first British woman to win a grand slam singles title in 44 years. (Reuters)

She said: "There's a running joke in my team because before my first round qualifying match I lost my AirPods.

"I was basically running around the changing rooms three minutes before my call to go on trying to find it but I lost it. 

"I was thinking to myself, you know what, if you win this match you can buy yourself a pair of AirPods and that's become a running joke."

 Britain's Raducanu wins U.S. Open title

British tennis player Emma Raducanu was crowned US Open Champion on Saturday and she made history as the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam title.The 18-year-old is also the first British woman in more than four decades to win a Major singles final.She beat the 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez in straight sets in a near two-hour contest at Flushing Meadows.Despite a knee injury in the second set, Raducanu returned and finished the match with an ace - Final score: 6-4 6-3.The grand slam final was the first in the men's or women's game to be contested by two unseeded players, Raducanu ranked 150th and Fernandez ranked 73rd.

What made it even more remarkable was that the young player's march to the title required 10 matches, including three wins in qualifiers and she did it without dropping a single set along the way.Raducanu's friends and fans in her hometown of Beckenham, southeast London, erupted in cheers after her victory.Her former coach Harry Bushnell found the result hard to believe. "I said earlier on if she was going to win, she's going to win straight sets.

I mean, it's just a joke of an achievement for her. I think it's important she got it done in that second set. Fair play to her opponent, she was equally as unbelievable, but yeah, it's nuts."There's been an outpouring of praise for the young player, from tennis giants to the British Royal Family.Even the Queen issued a rare statement on the Royal Family website congratulating Raducanu, saying "It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is testament to your hard work and dedication."

Raducanu also revealed that she was "very honoured" to receive a congratulatory message from the Queen. She told the BBC: “It meant everything to get a message from Her Majesty. She’s such a great inspiration and role model for the whole country so to have a note from her...

“I was extremely honoured and very very grateful that she took notice of my tennis. I can’t believe it. I’m maybe going to frame that letter or something.”

It comes after Boris Johnson and members of the royal family have led tributes to the "extraordinarily fabulous" teenage tennis champion.

Following her win, Johnson praised her "extraordinary poise and guts".

"What a sensational match! Huge congratulations to Emma Raducanu. You showed extraordinary skill, poise and guts and we are all hugely proud of you." By Rebecca Speare-Cole, Yahoo News

 

Harambee Stars coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee has reiterated his stance his main desire is to make sure Kenya qualify for the 2022 Fifa World Cup to be held in Qatar. 

When the 53-year-old tactician took the mantle of handling the team from fired Francis Kimanzi on October 21, 2020, he categorically stated that his main task is to help the country to reach their first-ever World Cup.

And on Wednesday, after taking the team through their last training session ahead of their first group match, Mulee maintained nothing has changed from what he said during his unveiling, maintaining his burning desire is to see Kenya in Qatar in 2022.

What did Mulee say?

“I think God gave me this job with a purpose and I am also here with a purpose, I have been with this team to Africa Cup of Nations before, and I also have that huge desire to reach Qatar, so I will do all I can to make sure, I succeed with this team and we play in Qatar,” Mulee told Goal at Nyayo Stadium.

“I know it will not be an easy task, looking at the group we are pooled in but if God will give us passage past the group stage [maybe by topping the group], because that is our desire and target [to top the group], then we will get ready for the knockout stage where only ten teams will remain from Africa.”

On whether he is feeling pressure heading into the ‘Migingo derby, Mulee said: “It is a huge responsibility for sure handling the national team, 50million Kenyans behind your back and we know what is ahead of us, we respect Uganda a lot and we know head to head they have an advantage over Kenya.

Harambee Stars coach Jacob Mulee.

“But that is history for now, and tomorrow [Thursday] we will also have an opportunity for us to start rewriting our own history and we will do everything possible to make sure we get a good result and if we start by getting a win, then it will give us a head start.”

Mulee continued: “It is an opening game and we are all fighting to qualify and we have the hunger to reach Qatar and our opponents have always been on top of Kenya for a long time but it will be a new dawn for us and we will strive to bag three points.

“We must make sure we make good use of playing the first match at home because if you win your home matches, it gives you a good start and puts you in a good position to qualify and also the advantage to do well because after Uganda we end to Rwanda.”

Mulee reveals Covid-19 challenges

On whether Covid-19 pandemic has affected any of his plans for the Cranes game, Mulee explained: “Yes, Covid-19 has affected us, for example when I plan my team you are not sure if they will end up playing the way you want because when the results come, and you find some players are positive, then you have to start from point zero to make up your squad.

“We went to Togo and missed some players because of Covid-19 during the Afcon qualifiers and it also happened when we played against Comoros, but when the players came back home and were tested, they were negative, so it is shocking sometimes to see the results we get.

“It also gives us coaches difficult times, because you are not sure if the squad you have planned to use for a match will be available on matchday, it gives us tough times to plan but I also think not Kenya alone, other nations maybe are also having the same problems like us and we don’t have anything to stop it.”

Kenya’s other opponents in the group’s qualifier are Mali, who will play Rwanda in their opener at Stade Adrar Stadium on Wednesday By Dennis Mabuka, Goal

Photo Confederation of African Football

 

Rwanda coach Vincent Mashami named on Friday the final squad which will play Mali and Kenya in the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Amavubi are set to travel to Agadir, Morocco on Sunday where they will play their first match against Mali on September 1st. Rwanda will then face Kenya in Kigali on September 5th.

Players like Bryan Clovis Ngwabije, Thierry Manzi, Abdul Rwatubyaye, Rafael York, Yannick Mukunzi, Djihad Bizimana and Emmanuel Imanishimwe will join the team in Morocco.

In the second round of the World Cup qualifiers, Rwanda are in Group E alongside Mali, Uganda and Kenya. Only the top team will progress to the third and final round.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Emery Mvuyekure (Tusker FC, Kenya), Eric Ndayishimiye, Clément Buhake Twizere (Strommen IF, Norway)

Defenders: Abdul Rwatubyaye (Shkupi FK, Macedonia), Salomon Nirisarike (Urartu FC, Armenia), Thiery Manzi (FC Dila Gori, Georgia), Omborenga Fitina(APR FC), Emmanuel Imanishimwe (FAR Rabat, Morocco), Emery Bayisenge, Denis Rukundo (AS Kigali), Eric Rutanga (Police FC), Bryan Clovis Ngwabije (SC Lyon, France).

Midfielders: Olivier Niyonzima, Kevin Muhire, Djihad Bizimana (KMSK Deinze, Belgium), Martin Fabrice Twizeyimana (Police FC), Yannick Mukunzi (Sandvikens IF, Sweden) and Haruna Niyonzima(AS Kigali).

Strikers: Muhadjiri Hakizimana (Police FC), Maddie Kagere (Simba SC, Tanzania), Jacques Tuyisenge (APR FC), Lague Byiringiro Lague(APR FC) and Onesme Twizerimana (Police FC). - Confederation of African Football

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