Tennis News: Raducanu won the US Open without dropping a single set, losing just 34 games over the course of the tournament to become Britain’s first female Grand Slam champion in 44 years.
Following her spectacular US Open triumph at Flushing Meadows, Emma Raducanu has been dubbed a “global superstar.”
Raducanu beat fellow adolescent Leylah Fernandez in a thrilling final on Saturday night, 6-4 6-3, to become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title, male or female.
Emma Raducanu, who is 18 years old, is the first British woman to win a Grand Slam title since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977, and Wade was present as Raducanu accomplished one of the sports’ most incredible stories.
Raducanu’s climb to stardom has been unparalleled. She was only a few months earlier studying for her A-Levels in maths and economics; today she is a major champion and one of the sport’s most recognisable faces.
The Orpington-based teenager was competing in only her fourth WTA Tour-level event, but after qualifying on August 25, she went on a ten-match winning streak without dropping a single set.
“It’s critical that she has good people around her now to assist her on her path, to advise and encourage her in a way that will allow her to improve as a tennis player and become even better than she is.”
Raducanu’s triumph has shattered records. She broke through as a long shot at Wimbledon, reaching the last 16 before being forced to retire due to lung problems.
She was a 500/1 underdog heading into the US Open, and despite the fact that she has yet to win a match on the WTA Tour, her first Grand Slam champion has propelled her from 150th to 23rd in the rankings.
“It completely transforms her life. From qualifying at the start of the competition to winning a Grand Slam, what’s wonderful about it all is that she plays with a grin on her face, she’s full of enthusiasm, and she’s determined “Jo Durie, a former British No 1 opined.
“Who knows how far she can push herself? She has one Grand Slam title. She has a chance to win more. She’s already a global superstar, in my opinion.
“Everyone’s attention has been drawn to her. JET [Junior Elite Tennis] has already been inspired. They’ve seen her; she’s just 18 years old, and they’re wondering to themselves, ‘If she can do it, can I?’
“Tennis is generating a lot of hype at the moment. I like it because I enjoy tennis, I enjoy playing tennis, I enjoy talking about tennis, and it is a global sport.”
Raducanu has been compared to a young Andy Murray by Annabel Croft, another former British No 1, who believes the 18-year-Flushing old’s Meadows fairytale might be the start of a “really unique” career.
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