The good news keeps coming for Emma Raducanu who made her dream come true by winning the US Open as her new world ranking was confirmed.
The British teenage sensation has won the Grand Slam as a qualifier – the first time anyone has done so in history.
The nation was gripped by her breathtaking race for the trophy at Flushing Meadows in New York City, with over nine million people watching the Briton beat Canadian Leylah Fernandez in the final on Channel 4 and many more on Prime Video.
Prior to the tournament, she was ranked 150 in the world and her position in the WTA World Rankings is now significantly higher after her victory.
The 18-year-old now sits 23rd, which is remarkable considering she was 345 at the start of the year.
Raducanu also passed Johanna Konta as Britain’s No.1, a post she had held for six consecutive years, a record.
While her three weeks in New York were devoted to tennis, she has now been able to see the sights of the city.
Raducanu was surprised to see his face on the huge billboards around Manhattan, and was also all the rage on social media after thanking his fans in China… in plain Mandarin.
Raducanu will have huge success in China, as his mother, Renee, is from Shenyang. Her father, Ian, is from Bucharest, Romania. The teenage tennis ace was actually born in Canada, like her last opponent, but is a British citizen who moved to England at the age of two.
It’s a remarkable story, one of the greatest in history.
Former British tennis player Barry Cowan told talkSPORT: “For me this is the biggest story in the sport. We have to put it in context, here is Emma who only got one wild card to start to qualify for Wimbledon.
“Then they brought her up to the main draw and then we know what happened with her incredible run on the grass and that unfortunate incident on the second Monday on the court where everything got a bit too much for her.
“Then she had to reset and she just made it through the toss.
“In fact, the hardest set she’s had was in the second round of qualifying.”
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