'Fairytale of New York' is how several British newspapers described Emma Raducanu's stunning US Open triumph . And for once, it wasn't hyperbole.
Three weeks ago, the 18-year-old Briton had arrived in the Big Apple as a qualifier ranked a lowly 150th in the world. She leaves as a champion some $3.5million richer after beating fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 in a pulsating final.
In her 10 matches at Flushing Meadows, Raducanu didn't drop a single set – a remarkable feat considering this was only her second grand slam tournament having been handed a wildcard for Wimbledon in June .
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As the plaudits roll in for her scarcely believable achievement (including a message from the Queen), we look back at seven other miracles in sporting history that defied both the odds and logic.
Long-shots Leicester win the Premier League
Having narrowly avoided relegation the season before, Leicester began the 2015-16 Premier League campaign as 5000-1 outsiders and were among the bookies' favourites for the drop.
But Claudio Ranieri's unfancied side made a mockery of those gloomy predictions to somehow claim the first top-flight title in the club's 132-year-long history.
The Foxes' fate was sealed with two games to spare when closest rivals Tottenham squandered a two-goal lead to draw at Chelsea. Cue pandemonium on the streets of the Midlands city, where fans celebrated arguably the greatest underdog story in the history of team sports.
Whether King Richard III's reburial in Leicester in 2015 had anything to do with the team's sudden upturn in fortunes remains a subject of fierce debate.
Ivanišević conquers Wimbledon (finally)
In 2001, Croatian Goran Ivanišević became the only man to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon as a wildcard. Ranked 125th in the world, he had been beaten in the final in 1992 (Andre Agassi), 1994 and 1998 (Pete Sampras).
"Nobody believed I could do it, even I didn't believe," said Ivanišević. "I was just happy to get the wildcard, to be back at Wimbledon. I was not expecting much, just that I didn't want to do too badly.
"After losing three finals you really start doubting yourself. It was difficult to keep myself motivated. Getting to the final, it was like seeing the big mountain from the distance, and climbing it. And every time you think you are close to the top, Whoosh! It's like someone hitting you in the head, and you have to start all over again."
Given little chance even by himself, Ivanišević bowled over former and future world No 1s Carlos Moyá, Andy Roddick and Marat Safin on his way to the semifinals, where he dispatched Englishman Tim Henman in a five set, rain-affected match.
In the final he beat Aussie Pat Rafter in five sets, the only wildcard male to have won a grand slam singles title, and holding the poorest ranking of any Wimbledon winner. He received a hero’s welcome in his home city of Split where 150,000 turned out to greet him.
Buster Douglas downs Tyson in Tokyo
Boxer James 'Buster' Douglas was a 42-1 underdog going into his heavyweight showdown with undisputed champion Mike Tyson in Tokyo on February 11, 1990, and with good reason.
Tyson had won all 37 of his fights to date, stopping 33 of his opponents. Douglas, on the other hand, had already tasted defeat four times in a modest career. He would be no match for the so-called baddest man on the planet. Or so everyone thought.
Spurred on by the recent death of his beloved mother, Douglas produced the performance of his life against a complacent Tyson, who had barely trained for what he figured would be a routine title defence.
From the very first bell, Douglas used his superior reach to keep 'Iron Mike' on the end of a stiff jab as he racked up the rounds. Yet all his good work nearly came undone when a desperate Tyson dropped him hard with six seconds remaining in the eighth round.
Douglas managed to get up at the count of nine, and he quickly regained control in the next round before closing the show with a 10th-round knockout that sent shockwaves around the sporting world.
When asked in his post-fight interview how he was able to tame Tyson, a tearful Douglas said: "Because of my mother … God bless her heart."
Douglas' title reign didn't last long, losing his next fight to Evander Holyfield eight months later via third-round knockout.
Aussie speed skater the last man standing
Going into the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Steve Bradbury had already won medals at the Olympics and world championships, from 1993 onwards. These were to be his fourth and final Games, and the 1000m his last Olympic race.
In the preliminary heat he got through in third, after a skater ahead of him was disqualified. In the semifinal he was last most of the way, needing a top-two finish. On the last lap, three skaters fell, so he was into the final, having never won an individual medal at an Olympics or a World Championship.
In the final, he was tailed off a long last, as the other four went at it hammer and tongs. But on the final curve all the leading quartet fell. Bradbury was so far behind that he avoided the pile-up and went on to coast over the finish line to stunned Olympic glory.
There's even a dictionary reference taking in his victory:
Verb do a Bradbury ( third-person singular simple present does a Bradbury , present participle doing a Bradbury , simple past did a Bradbury , past participle done a Bradbury ). ( Australia ) To triumph unexpectedly in a sporting event, especially due to luck or the misfortune of others.
Greece upset the odds at Euro 2004
Arriving at the European Championships in Portugal as 150-1 long shots , Greece weren't expected to make it past the group stage, let alone lift the Henri Delaunay trophy.
But after upsetting the hosts 2-1 in the opening match of the tournament, the plucky Greeks drew with Spain and managed to sneak through a tight Group A on goal difference.
An extraordinary 1-0 victory over defending champions France followed in the quarters, before the much-fancied Czechs were accounted for in the semifinals by the same scoreline as Otto Rehhagel’s band of journeymen booked their spot in the tournament decider in Lisbon.
Greece produced yet another backs-to-the-wall performance in the final, repelling wave after wave of Portuguese attacks before Angelos Charisteas' 57th-minute header gave them a lead they never relinquished to claim the country's first-ever international trophy.
The way they achieved the unthinkable on the back of a solid defence wasn't to everyone's taste. Not that anyone in Greece cared.
USA stun Soviets in 'Miracle on Ice'
This triumph was so miraculous, it's known as the 'Miracle on Ice'. When you consider how many ice hockey games have been played, for one game to be instantly recognisable by that tag is quite a feat.
The United States men were given no hope against the mighty Soviets at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Team USA was all amateurs and college players, the Soviets hardened pros who had dominated international ice hockey season-after-season.
Some American fans feared Team USA wouldn't even score a goal, such was the imbalance.
The result? USA won 4-3, as broadcaster Al Michaels famously screamed that he now believed in miracles. Two days later, the USA won the gold medal by beating Finland in their final game. The Soviet Union had to settle for silver after seeing off Sweden.
Kiwi underdog tames Tiger at US Open
Kiwi Michael Campbell won the 2005 US Open, seeing off Tiger Woods it was his only win in the United States, and his only victory in a major, it sent shockwaves around the golfing world.
While Campbell did reach world No 12 in 2001, he was prone to form slumps. He was only at the US Open after being a sectional qualifier from a tournament in England. And he was in a head-to-head shoot out with the world No 1, who was at the peak of his powers.
Campbell started the final round tied fourth, but a collapse by the trio ahead of him left him in front with the legendary Woods chasing. Woods several times got within two shots, only for back-to-back bogeys on 16 and 17 to derail him.
Last year Campbell found himself listed as one of the most "underwhelming" golfers to win a major , but he didn't care – much – posting a tweet of a weeping US Open Trophy.
"After a lovely meal and a few drinks the "2005 underwhelmed US Open trophy" really opened up to me and said, Michael, I don't care what people say, you are the one for me."
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