Emma Raducanu’s career is booming. At just 18, she accomplished a feat very few could have predicted on Saturday, winning the US Open title.
Representing the United Kingdom, Emma Raducanu defeated 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez to victory with a final score of 6-4, 6-3, in an outstanding final.
Emma Raducanu is the first British player to win a Grand Slam tournament in 44 years. The last was Virginia Wade, who won Wimbledon in 1977.
Raducanu’s victory drew praise from the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, who praised the teenager in a public letter calling her a ” remarkable achievement” and praising her “hard work and dedication”.
Emma Raducanu was born in Toronto, Canada, but moved to London when she was 2, according to her WTA Tour biography. She has been playing tennis since the age of 5. Her father is Romanian and her mother is Chinese; They both work in finance, and she credits them for teaching her to be disciplined, according to the South China Morning Post.
At the 2018 Wimbledon junior competition, she qualified for the girls’ quarter-finals, according to WTA Tennis. Emma Raducanu started her professional career in 2018 and had just played her first Grand Slam in June with Wimbledon.
The young athlete eventually had to retire in the fourth round due to respiratory issues, but even so, by reaching the third round, she became the youngest British woman to go this far since 2002. Before that, she had taken more a sabbatical year due to the pandemic to complete high school.
Emma Raducanu’s rise to fame has been nothing short of amazing: she entered the US Open ranked 150th in the world and now finds herself in 23rd place.
She broke a series of records in the process: she is the youngest player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament since 2004, toppling Maria Sharapova, who won Wimbledon in 2004 at just 17 years old. She is also the first player to win a title in her second Grand Slam appearance.