World No. 19 on the WTA Tour, Emma Raducanu‘s year just gets better as the 19-year old Brit is nominated for the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award after her heroics during the half-season she played on the WTA Tour winning the 2021 US Open in the process and breaking a plethora of records.
Emma came into the limelight following her fabulous run at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships where she was ranked outside the Top-300 but a wildcard saw her enter the main-draw and make her way to the 4th round and in the process become the youngest British woman ever to reach the 4th round of the Championships before an unfortunate medical problem forced her to retire mid-match in the 4th round.
The Brit then played just one more WTA tournament losing in the first round before playing 2 ITF tournaments of which she reached the final in one. She reached New York for the 2021 US Open as a qualifier ranked 150th in the world but by the time the Grand Slam concluded she was the new World No. 23 having won the Slam without dropping a single set in the 10 matches she played.
Her win in New York ended Britain’s wait for a female Grand Slam champion of 44 years and a wait of 53 years for a female US Open champion. She also became the first singles British Grand Slam champion since Andy Murray won the 2016 Wimbledon title. These achievements were enough to nominate her for the prestigious award.
Emma Raducanu’s favourite for the award, Lewis Hamilton, not nominated
Emma is nominated for the award along with Olympics gold medallist diver Tom Daley, WBC Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, multi-medal swimming champion at Tokyo Olympics Adam Peaty, Manchester City Football Club and English national footballer Raheem Sterling and Britain’s most successful Paralympian of all time Sarah Storey.
The omission of the two-time award winner and winner of the 2020 BBC SPOTY award, F1 legend Lewis Hamilton has come as a shock to many after he narrowly missed on a world record 8th world championship title yesterday in Abu Dhabi and was also the favourite of Emma for the award given his sensational comeback in the season to compete for the title in F1.