The youthful British tennis player after her historic consecration at the US Open with just 18 years of age gave us something to talk about. Emma Raducanu crashed Mandarin social media.
Users of the social network Weibo in China registered more than 200 million views in 24 hours from the hashtag “18-year-old Chinese teenager wins US Open.” Raducanu traveled with only two years of age to London after being born in Canada, where his mother, Renee, a native of Shenyang, Liaoning Province, met the Romanian father of the tennis player.
According to ANSA, the new US Open champion was described by many users as “Dongbei girl”, alluding to the origin of her mother. Likewise, a video in which Raducanu thanked her in Mandarin went viral: “She speaks just like a Dong Bei girl (Northeast Chinese). How wonderful,” reads a Weibo message.
Raducanu previously spoke about his mixed heritage, a situation that raised the pride of Chinese citizens. In various interviews, Raducanu paid tribute to his mother and her Chinese heritage: “They are mentally resilient, it is as if nothing could defeat them,” he said.
“I would say that I take a large part of my inspiration from her, from my mother, who worked very hard,” added Raducanu, who said that he learned discipline and respect for others precisely from her.
Raducanu, who often visits her mother’s home in Shenyang on vacation, was crowned by beating 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez on Saturday.