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Everything we know about teen tennis star Emma Raducanu

Britain's Emma Raducanu made history when she won her first Grand Slam title on Saturday, after beating Canada's Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 in the U.S. Open final.

Everything we know about teen tennis star Emma Raducanu

Here’s what we know about the 18-year-old tennis star:

  • Born to a Romanian father and Chinese mother in Toronto, Canada, Raducanu moved to London aged two and started playing tennis aged five.
  • Raducanu turned professional in 2018, reaching the top 20 at the junior level.
  • She won three International Tennis Federation titles.
  • She made her WTA tournament debut at the grasscourt event in Nottingham in June 2021.
  • The teen came to prominence when she made her Grand Slam main draw debut at Wimbledon in July 2021. After entering the tournament as a wildcard ranked 338th in the world, she progressed to the fourth round where she retired against Australian Ajla Tomljanovic after suffering breathing difficulties.
  • She reached final of the WTA 125K event in Chicago in August 2021.
  • She qualified for the 2021 U.S. Open main draw after posting straight-set wins in all three qualifying rounds.
  • Ranked 150th in the world, she became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title.
  • She won the U.S. Open title without dropping a set – either in qualifying or in her seven main draw matches.
  • Raducanu is the first British woman to win the U.S. Open since Virginia Wade triumphed in 1968 and the first to capture a Grand Slam title since Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.
  • She’s projected to move up to 24th in the world rankings on Monday after winning the U.S. Open, ending Johanna Konta’s 310-week reign as the top-ranked British woman.

 

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