The story of Emma Raducanu, the British woman who stomps on the US Open

The story of Emma Raducanu, the British woman who stomps on the US Open

Emma raducanu does not stop dazzling. At just 18 years old, the Toronto native but representative of Great Britain, made history in the US Open after reaching the quarterfinals. And prior to this event, he had already had something to talk about at Wimbledon, his first major tournament.

Born in Canada to a Romanian father and Chinese mother, the (now) British moved to London when she was 2 years old. due to his parents’ work in the finance area. It was here that he started playing tennis, after trying ballet, skiing, golf and even go-karts.

But the English federation discovered his talent with the racket and it is here that his connection to a British tennis legend comes. His coach, Nigel Sears, is the father of Kim, Andy Murray’s wife. “The sky is the limit” expressed about its potential to the British medium Subway Some weeks ago.

Her debut on the WTA circuit took place in Nottingham, in June 2021. On the pitch of that tournament, which has been a tradition for half a century in England, debuted against compatriot Harriet Dart and lost in straight sets. But the result did not matter, the first big step had already been taken.

One of the main reasons he hadn’t appeared on the circuit before was school. Is that, during Wimbledon, he could finish it. And his seven years in the Newstead Wood School, London, she says, they helped her to develop on the pitch as well. “It has definitely helped me keep my mind active. I found that it actually helped me with my career on the court as good in the way that I can absorb a lot of information. I feel like on the court I am more tactically astute than others.” she told the official WTA site.

Once its official presentation has been made in the world of tennis, the All England Club invited her to participate in the 2021 edition of Wimbledon. And Raducanu did not fail. There, the one born in 2002, got rid of Vitalia Diachenko, Markéta Vondroušová and Sorana Cîrstea. Already installed in the round of 16 (she was the youngest British to do so in the Open Era), was measured against Ajla Tomljanović but in the second set had to withdraw.

The official reason explained for the tournament was “breathing problems” so after the game, he chose not to give a press conference. After the announcement, she expressed herself on social media and said: “At the end of the first set, after a few long rallies, I started to breathe heavy and feel dizzy. The medical team advised me not to continue. It was not right to continue.”

His return to the circuit took place in Stamford, a month later, and he said goodbye in the first round. Before reaching the US Open, he played an ITF and a Challenger (he was a finalist) and made the main draw of the last major of the season after going through qualifying.

This fan of Simona Halep and Li Na, now has the chance to continue making history and write one more page in her short career. IRegardless of the result of her next match, against Belinda Bencic, Raducanu will get into the Top 100 of the WTA ranking for the first time And if she gets among the top four in the New York tournament, she could rise to the Top 50. The British stopped being a promise to become a more than interesting reality on the women’s circuit.

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