Emma Raducanu who has been out of action for almost five months now, has announced that she will be making a comeback next season. The 20-year-old Briton who burst onto the scenes at the 2021 Wimbledon where she progressed to the pre-quarterfinals on debut before winning her first major title in New York two months later, has also declared the ultimate dream is to lift the trophy at the All-England Club in her home slam.
Raducanu became the first British woman in 44 years after Virginia Wade to win a major title when she beat Leylah Fernandez in the 2021 US Open Final. However, that remains the Biton’s best performance at a Grand Slam as Raducanu’s graph went downhill post that title win in New York.
While the then 18-year-old had a burst at The Championships in 2021, Raducanu had a second-round exit the following year. In 2023, the 20-year-old could not even participate in the year’s third Grand Slam owing to her injuries. Nevertheless, Raducanu has declared that she will be returning next season and hopes to pick up from where she left off.
She also hopes to fulfill her ultimate dream i.e. to win a title at The Championships, from where she kicked off her Grand Slam career. “Wimbledon is the dream and always has been growing up. It’s still the ultimate dream to win Wimbledon,” she said while talking about her plans (to BBC London) once she returns on the tour.
Emma Raducanu will be scripting history if she wins the Wimbledon title anytime soon
As Emma Raducanu plans to win the title at The Championships, the Briton has her eyes set on scripting history, just like she did with a title win at the Flushing Meadows in 2021. If Emma Raducanu manages to win a title at the All-England Club next year, it will be for the first time in 47 years that a British woman will lift the women’s singles title at The Championships.
As strange as it may sound, there has been no women’s singles champion from Britain at Wimbledon in the last 46 years. The last British woman to win a title was Virginia Wade in 1977 when she defeated the Netherlands’ Betty Stove. Interestingly, only two British women have won the singles title in the Open Era- Ann Jones (in 1969) and Wade. USA’s Martina Navratilova has won the most number of titles (9) at The Championships.
So, if Raducanu manages to achieve the ultimate glory next year or even the year after that, the 20-year-old’s name will be etched in the history books. However, it will be interesting to see if Raducanu manages to match the intensity required to win a Grand Slam title, considering her fitness woes.
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