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Emma Raducanu breaks new ground

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu has become the first ever qualifier to win a grand slam. Source: Constantin (via Pixabay).
The 18-year-old made history for Britain in the Final of the US Open

By Oscar Lucas | Sport Editor

On Saturday 11th of September, Emma Raducanu made history, ending Britain’s 44 year wait for a female open champion, as she beat Leylah Fernadez 6-4 6-3 in the final of the US Open.

By securing this win over Fernadez, she has become the first ever qualifier to win a grand slam. Raducanu managed to win the tournament without dropping a single set. Although this has been
done before, Raducanu had to play an extra 3 games in qualifying which makes the achievement so much more astonishing.

Finally, her victory secures her position as one of 6 female players ever to win the title the first time they played in that particular Grand Slam tournament. These few facts show us just how stunning Raducanu’s victory is and highlights the success of the investment into the game since Andy Murray won his first grand slam in 2012.

Emma will become the face of British tennis for years to come, being the youngest grand slam winner since Maria Sharapova in 2004, and her recent success catapulting her up into the top 25 and British Number 1 will make her an easy poster girl for the LTA.

What makes this even more interesting, that in today’s current climate where racism in sport is at the forefront of most professional athletes minds having a multi-cultured pioneer leading the way. After the horrific abuse of Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka after the Euros final defeat, it is with much delight that Raducanu who has a Romanian father, a Chinese mother and was born in Canada, can be celebrated by all Brits, making her a perfect role model and hero of future stars, alongside Rashford, Biles and even Greta Thunberg it is great to see such young role models.

Emma’s win has thrown her into the spotlight even more so than her spectacular run into the second week at the Wimbledon Championships earlier this summer. What makes the win even more impressive was the eye-catching, dominant performances Raducanu showed each game. Not only was she just beating players with a higher rank, higher prestige and a wealth of experience she dominated every game with her power and fearlessness.

To beat the reigning Olympic champion is impressive enough but to dominate her showed the talent and skill Raducanu possess. The fact it is our first grand slam win since Murray in 2016 and the first female since Virginia Wade in 1977, ranks this at the top of the tree for British tennis achievements. A well-deserved, spectacular champion with plenty of potentials to go on to win many more grand slams but the first one will always be special to Emma Raducanu herself, but even more so to the future stars of the British game to have a female role model to inspire them to their greatness.

Oscar Lucas Sport

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