Following her historic victory at the 2021 US Open, Emma Raducanu has been crowned Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year.
With her remarkable September victory, the 19-year-old soared to international notoriety as the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam singles title – and the first British woman to do it since Virginia Wade in 1977.
It was Emma Raducanu second Grand Slam appearance, after reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon, where she became the youngest British woman to reach the last 16 in the Open era.
Raducanu received the prize ahead of fellow nominees Emily Campbell (weightlifting), Kate French (modern pentathlon), Laura Kenny (cycling), Lauren Price (boxing), and Sarah Storey (weightlifting) (cycling).
Bethany Shriever, 21, was awarded Young Sportswoman of the Year after crowdfunding her way to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and winning a gold medal for Great Britain in the BMX racing final.
On her road to becoming champion, she went undefeated in all three semis and crossed the finish barely 0.090 seconds ahead of Colombia’s Marian Pajon. Shriever went on to become the first woman in history to hold both world and Olympic crowns at the same time.
Hannah Cockroft, a wheelchair racer, won two gold medals for ParalympicsGB in the 100m and 800m in Japan, her sixth and seventh Olympic gold medals overall. She also won the Disability Sportswoman category.
Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald, who became the first Olympic winners in the women’s Madison, received the Sky Sports Team of the Year award. Kenny became the most successful female cyclist in Olympic history, as well as the first British woman to win gold in three straight Olympics, with her victory.
After her brilliant Paralympic career came to an end in Tokyo, Ellie Simmonds earned the Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration. In Beijing, London, and Rio de Janeiro, she won a total of eight medals.
Clova Court, a sports coach, was named Grassroots Sportswoman of the Year. The former international track and field athlete currently works as a grassroots sports coach at the Tipton Sports Academy and has more than 20 years of experience working with young people.
After becoming the first woman to win the Aintree race in its 182-year history, Rachael Blackmore was awarded the Editor’s Choice award.
Dr. Emma Ross, a specialist in women’s health and performance, received the first Changemaker Award. Ross is the co-founder and co-CEO of The Well HQ, an organisation dedicated to educating and empowering women to better understand their bodies and use that knowledge to improve their performance in sports and physical activities.
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