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Former US Open champion Emma Raducanu showcased her exceptional talent as she propelled Great Britain to a remarkable victory against France in the Billie Jean King Cup.

With Britain holding a 2-1 lead in the tie, Raducanu displayed remarkable resilience, overcoming an early setback to defeat France's Diane Parry with a score of 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1). Her triumph secured a decisive 3-1 lead for her team, earning them a coveted spot in the finals for the first time since hosting the competition in 2022.

"I feel like I am playing the best tennis of my career and my life," remarked Raducanu, expressing her satisfaction with her current form. She highlighted the mental strength required to prevail in challenging situations, particularly when facing opposition from the crowd.

Raducanu's journey back to the top has been marked by setbacks, including injuries that sidelined her from major tournaments. However, her recent performance signifies a significant milestone in her comeback, with victories in consecutive three-set matches underscoring her determination and resilience.

Great Britain's qualification for the Billie Jean King Cup finals, except as a host nation, is a testament to the team's tenacity and skill. Playing on clay courts in France posed a formidable challenge, but Raducanu's stellar performance, combined with her teammates' efforts, secured a historic victory.

Captain Anne Keothavong praised the team's exceptional performances, emphasizing their collective effort and determination. She expressed confidence in the team's ability to compete at the highest level, highlighting their hunger for success.

Raducanu's inspiring performance has reignited hope and excitement among tennis fans, signaling a promising future for British tennis on the international stage. Photo by Chris Czermak, Wikimedia commons.