It truly has been a dream year for 18-year old Emma Raducanu. Just a few months ago, nobody knew her name and cut to today, she has become a household name all over the world. Raducanu started the year outside the top 300 playing the future tournaments and ended it as a grand slam champion- a true fairytale run!
She got a wildcard for Wimbledon and made the most of the opportunity by reaching the Round of 16 on debut. She was also the only Brit remaining in the tournament and hence all the attention was on her. Unfortunately, she had to withdraw mis-match during the Round of 16 match due to breathing difficulties.
She then scripted history at the US Open by becoming the first player in tennis history to win a grand slam as a qualifier after she defeated fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez in the final. She won all the 10 matches at Flushing Meadows without dropping a set- such was her dominance.
Raducanu became an overnight sensation after her US Open triumph and was heaped with praises worldwide. Latest, she was named the BBC Sportsperson of the year. For the same, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge congratulated her for an incredible year. Raducanu responded to them and thanked them for their support over the years.
“Thank you very much, and thank you for your support all year! It’s an honour to represent Great Britain,” she wrote.
What lies ahead for Raducanu?
Raducanu was scheduled to play the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition event but she pulled out of it. Next, she is expected to travel to Australia for the Australian leg. She will play the WTA 500 event at Sydney as a tune up event ahead of the Australian Open. This will be the first time she will play the Australian Open and all eyes will be on her given her recent dominance and brand value.