Tennis News: Emma Raducanu is the new golden girl in the United Kingdom.
The then 18-year-old from Bromley, Kent, was raising the US Open trophy and getting a cheque for £1.8 million one minute and studying for A-Levels in economics and maths the next.
We are taking her HOMEEE❤️🇬🇧🏆 pic.twitter.com/L6P52UFpAm
— Emma Raducanu (@EmmaRaducanu) September 12, 2021
Raducanu won all ten of her matches at Flushing Meadows in straight sets to become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam and the first British woman to win a major since Virginia Wade’s memorable 1977 Wimbledon victory.
Her 6-4 6-3 final triumph over Leylah Fernandez earned her a position on the red carpet at New York’s stylish Met Gala, as well as a place in the hearts of the nation. It’s like something out of a fairytale!
Raducanu was a rookie who had never won a WTA Tour match and had only competed in her maiden big tournament at Wimbledon a few months before.
Raducanu demonstrated to the British people and the tennis world what a remarkable talent she has by reaching the fourth round at the All England Club before being forced to quit due to breathing troubles against Ajla Tomljanovic.
Wow…that was some year🤯 2 pics to sum up my 2021 season🩸💧I want to say thank you & that I'm extremely grateful for your generous support. I’ve learnt many things at a fast pace on this incredible journey but all I can say is that I'm very excited & motivated for my next steps pic.twitter.com/SYgGccOx89
— Emma Raducanu (@EmmaRaducanu) November 17, 2021
Despite only playing in 10 tournaments, Raducanu concluded the year as only the fifth British woman to get into the world’s top 20, despite being ranked 343 at the start of 2021.
Her training for the Australian Open didn’t start well after contracting COVID-19 in Abu Dhabi, but she was upbeat as she accepted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award while in isolation.
What are her prospects of winning another Grand Slam in 2022? Raducanu, on the other hand, has hired German Torben Beltz as her coach, and she is focusing on catching up physically to her colleagues as she prepares for her first full season in the sport.
It remains to be seen whether Raducanu wins more titles next season or in the future, but she has altered the landscape of British tennis, and the next decade might be very exciting.
In 2021, Raducanu was not the only British tennis success storey, with Cameron Norrie rocketing from outside the top 70 to the cusp of the top 10 after winning the Indian Wells title with the biggest win of his career.
Dan Evans broke into the top 30 and beat Novak Djokovic on clay, while despite finishing the season ranked 134th, three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray will take heart after competing in eight tournaments following his US Open loss.
He began the new season with a convincing victory over British rival Evans and Rafael Nadal at the Mubadala Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, where he was working with German coach Jan De Witt after parting company with Jamie Delgado after more than five years of service.
Meanwhile, Johanna Konta, Britain’s finest female player in the last 30 years, announced her retirement at the age of 30 after stating that she no longer had the will to devote herself fully to the sport.
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