Piers Morgan has been savaged on social media after sensationally taking credit for Emma Raducanu's stunning triumph at the US Open.
The British teenager arrived in New York last month with a ranking of 150 in the world, just one grand slam appearance to her name and a flight booked out of town after the US Open's preliminary rounds in case she failed to win her way into the main tournament.
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On Saturday she was in Arthur Ashe Stadium, holding a trophy to complete an unlikely and unprecedented journey from qualifier to major champion by beating Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 in the final.
The 18-year-old became the first qualifier in history to win a grand slam, sending the tennis world into meltdown.
One of the many Brits to celebrate Raducanu's triumph was controversial media personality Morgan, who has previously criticised the 18-year-old and labelled her a "quitter".
Morgan savaged Raducanu when she retired during the fourth round in her grand slam debut at Wimbledon earlier this year, saying the teenager needed to toughen up and couldn't handle the pressure.
He doubled down last week when he said it was "disappointing" to see fans going nuts over Raducanu now that she was winning instead of "quitting".
"Very disappointing to see wokies going crazy because Emma Raducanu is now winning not quitting," he tweeted.
"This must be so triggering to losers who are used to you celebrating their failures. Please stop."
Piers Morgan cops backlash over Emma Raducanu comments
So many were surprised to see Morgan change his tune after Raducanu won the US Open on Sunday and even taking some of the credit.
"Imagine if Emma Raducanu had taken Twitter’s advice & carried on ‘bravely’ and ‘heroically’ quitting and losing…", Morgan tweeted.
"Thank God she’s made of tougher stuff & realised that winners don’t quit & have to learn how to handle the pressure. That’s why she’s Champion today. Congrats Emma."
He later replied to a fan: "I said she needed to toughen up after she quit. She toughened up. The words you’re seeking are ‘Thanks Piers’.
"I’ve been totally vindicated. She took my advice and won.”
Imagine if @EmmaRaducanu had taken Twitter’s advice & carried on ‘bravely’ and ‘heroically’ quitting and losing… thank God she’s made of tougher stuff & realised that winners don’t quit & have to learn how to handle the pressure. That’s why she’s Champion today. Congrats Emma 👍 pic.twitter.com/0EBqiKi4ub
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 11, 2021
I said she needed to toughen up after she quit.
She toughened up.
The words you’re seeking are ‘Thanks Piers’. https://t.co/ZneygPqvyr
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 11, 2021
Fans flocked to social media to savage Morgan over his latest attempts to steal the spotlight off Raducanu.
Aussie tennis great Rennae Stubbs was among those who took aim at Morgan on Sunday, writing: "Hey Piers Morgan!!! What u got to say now !???? Emma Raducanu just won the us open !!!
"I guess she made the right decision earlier this year BY TAKING CARE OF HERSELF when she needed to."
— Rennae Stubbs OLY (@rennaestubbs) September 11, 2021
Raducanu was called a quitter and a bottler a couple of months ago for being human lest we forget.
Disgusting to see @piersmorgan jumping on the bandwagon now but would expect nothing less from the phone hacker.#USOpen
— James Copley (@JamesCopley_) September 11, 2021
You have NO right to pass comment on Miss Raducanu after your disgusting, nasty comments regarding this young woman during Wimbledon!
— SarahLouiseThompson (@SarahLouiseTh19) September 11, 2021
The disgusting criticism of Raducanu by mainly white men when she pulled out of Wimbledon because of mental ill-health should apologise publicly and celebrate her remarkable achievement in coming back from a dark place to win the US Open without dropping a set.
— Steve Waters FCCT (@teachwellall) September 11, 2021
— Kev Gora Antikrish (@TheAntikrish) September 11, 2021
Yeah... presumably you are talking about Raducanu. His attack on her during Wimbledon was just a disgrace. I think he even then had a stab at that athlete Hodginson that got silver
— Mr Kevin Prior (@MrKevinPrior2) September 11, 2021
Piers Morgan taking the credit for Emma Raducanu’s victory is like him taking the credit for making everyone else in the world NOT seem like an utter twatwaffle. Shame on him, the smug, pointless dullard…
— Colin Wright (@colinwright1959) September 12, 2021
Raducanu won 10 matches in a row at Flushing Meadows - three in qualifying, seven in the main draw - and is the first woman to win the US Open title without dropping a set since Serena Williams in 2014.
This was the first major final between two teens since Williams, 17, beat Martina Hingis, 18, at the 1999 US Open and the first between two unseeded women in the professional era, which began in 1968.
"The future of women's tennis, and just the depth of the game right now, is so great," Raducanu said.
"I think every single player here in the women's draw definitely has a shot of winning any tournament."
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