The Story of Emma Raducanu
One of the brightest prospects in British tennis, Emma Raducanu was the star of Wimbledon this year. Here, we take a look at how she got there…
Who is Emma Raducanu?
Emma Raducanu is an 18-year-old British tennis player. Born in Toronto, she has lived in the UK since 2004 and started playing tennis when she was just five years old.
Since then, she has won numerous titles and awards, and this year, played in Wimbledon as a wildcard, becoming the youngest British woman to make the round of 16 in the Open Era.
Fresh from her A-Level exams studying maths and economics, she came into Wimbledon ranked No. 338 in the world, and now features in the top 250.
Let’s take a look at her career in tennis...
Emma showed natural talent for tennis from an early age, winning UK National Champion titles at 9U, 12U and 16U. She also secured a bronze medal at the 12U Winter European Cup and won a Tennis Europe event in the 11U at Bressuire, 12U at Braga and 14U at Zoetermeer.
Emma earned her first Junior International Tennis Federation (ITF) title when she had just turned 13, which is the youngest you’re allowed to compete.
In May 2018, Emma won her first ITF title, as well as reaching the quarter finals of Junior Wimbledon and the US Open in the same year. It was in 2018 that Emma became a professional tennis player.
In 2020, Emma was part of Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup team. She also reached the final of a $25k ITF event in Sunderland in February, and won the St George's Hill UK Pro Series Classic and Premier British Tour summer and winter titles later that year.
In August of 2020, Emma was part of the winning Bulldogs team in the Battle of the Brits.
In December, Emma competed in the Battle of the Brits Premier League of Tennis and beat fellow Brits Eden Silva and Katy Dunne, but eventually lost to British No.2 Heather Watson.
Although Emma was beaten by Harriet Dart in the opening round of the Viking Open Nottingham, she reached the quarter-finals of the Nottingham Trophy. She was then handed a wildcard to The Championships Women’s Singles draw and made her Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon.
Emma advanced to the fourth-round scoring wins over Vitalia Diatchenko, Marketa Vondrousova, and Sorana Cîrstea to become the youngest Brit to reach the fourth round in the Open Era.
Unfortunately, she was forced to retire from the match due to breathing difficulties, but took it all in her stride, gaining an international reputation as a tennis superstar with a promising career ahead of her.
Emma has a growing social media following and is a role model to all young girls in sport.
As a health and fitness influencer, she regularly posts about her training and competition wins, as well as the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance and using sport to ensure a positive mental wellbeing.
She is fiercely determined both on and off the court, speaking openly about her education and how focused she is on achieving top grades.
So, not only is Emma using her platform to encourage and promote health, fitness and sports including tennis, but she is also discussing the importance of schooling and education, making her a role model for both teens and young adults.
Her Instagram feed also features sweet selfies, childhood throwbacks and uses the platform to share a glimpse of her busy lifestyle.
Emma’s drive and determination is unrivalled and her enthusiasm and love for tennis is quite simply contagious.
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