Emma Raducanu has been the talk of the sports world after her amazing run at the US Open. But, who is she? We will go through everything you need to know about the British tennis star in this article.
|19 (Born 2002)||5 ft 9 / 1.75m||121 lbs / 55kg||Father: Ian Raducanu
Mother: Renee Raducanu
Who Is Emma Raducanu?
” The new teenage queen of tennis!” , Emma Raducanu, is the reigning US Open champion. The teenage sensation made history by becoming the first qualifier and first British player to win a Grand Slam in women’s singles since Virginia Wade in 1977.
Raducanu stunned the US Open field, coming through qualifying and not dropping a set throughout the tournament, to become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title. She just couldn’t have done it any better.
She became the first woman to win a major title in her second Grand Slam event where previously Chris Evert and Venus Williams both got to the final in their third major, but both lost. Raducanu also became the youngest Grand Slam singles champion since then 17-year-old Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004.
That is quite a remarkable sporting achievement that even the Queen of the United Kingdom wrote her a congratulatory letter. Does it get any better than that? I very much doubt it. Following her Grand Slam victory, she has been lauded by some of the biggest names in the sporting world, political world as well as other celebrities.
Next Big Star?
Ranked 150th in the world entering the tournament, Raducanu’s fairytale winning run has been a thing of dreams. Her historic win at Flushing Meadows saw her climb well inside the top 50, where she currently sits as the world’s number 23 thanks to a 2,040-point haul, the most any player has ever earned from a single tournament.
Her achievement is made even more remarkable when one considers she has yet to win a main draw match on the WTA Tour. Now she is a Grand Slam winner, in women’s tennis, and she’s just getting started.
What Emma did in the US Open is something superior that we might not witness ever again from a player in the qualifiers, not losing games or sets. Even at such a young age, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that she is going to be the next big thing in tennis.
But for now, Raducanu is likely to bask in the glory of her first Grand Slam victory and head to a frame shop to get the Queen’s letter mounted on the wall of her living room.
Emma Raducanu – Player Profile
- Born: 2002, 13th of November
Emma Raducanu was born on the 13th of November in 2002. This places her at 18 years old at the time of writing this article. On that day, a star was born and she has very much demonstrated that age is just a number.
Emma is way beyond her years as a tennis player, and mentally, she is not 18 up there. You could think she is more like 40, and will win way more because of the calmness she showed in the interviews and in her victory speech.
As UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated, she showed extraordinary skill, poise and guts to win the Grand Slam at 18, a feat even the legendary Serena Williams failed to achieve.
A feat many tennis professional players only dream of. She has a whole career ahead of her and like fine wine, I’m betting that she will only get better with age.
- Father: Ian Raducanu
- Mother: Renee Raducanu
- Siblings: None
Emma may already be an international superstar, but is much known about her family? Well the US Open champ has no siblings and is an only child to parents who are both financial executives.
Her father Ian Raducanu, is Romanian while her mother Renee, is Chinese. She also has a grandmother who lives in Bucharest, Romania, who she visits couple of times yearly.
The tennis sensation and her parents live in Bromley, England despite being born in Canada. She has described her parents as being “pushy” and “tough” on her, attributes she has admitted to have helped her become the person and player she is today.
She also describes her parents as “hard to please” but with a remarkable and historic achievement like Emma’s, any parent would be pleased.
- 5 ft 9 inches / 1.75m
According to Roland-Garros player profile, Emma Raducanu has a height of 5 ft 9 inches, which is an equivalent of 1.75m tall. She may be shorter than some fellow athletes like Karolina Pliskova, who is over 6 ft tall, but she is definitely taller than her US Open final opponent, Leylah Fernandez.
Turns out she beat Leylah at height too! Looks like taller players do have a competitive edge of shorter opponents after all.
- 121 lbs / 55kg
Emma Raducanu’s weight is estimated to be approximately 55kgs. Weight is an important factor to be considered by athletes if they are to maintain good shape to compete.
Athletes are poised to be in good physical shape if weight is appropriately checked and maintained at levels appropriate for sport.
Final Thoughts About Emma Raducanu
There’s not enough words that could be said or written that would do justice to the talent, heights reached and feats achieved by this genius of a player. Emma is a living motivation to all young players who dare to dream. Not just tennis players but players from other sports as well.
The young Brit phenomenon has shown that everything starts with the mind and that nothing is certain under pressure. Who could have written the script for the title that would surely go down as one of the greatest underdog journeys in the history of sports? No one.
She has given lots of motivations following her victory in the US Open and after showing that everything is possible, who could really argue with her? Between her stellar play, dual heritage, and youth, the 18-year-old wonder kid is well positioned to become the UK’s highest-earning female athlete down the line as experts say.
Emma Raducanu has already earned her place as a tennis icon and the world simply cannot stop talking about her. A few months ago she was unheard of but now she’s undoubtedly one of the world’s biggest names in sports.
With her talent, young age, proper upbringing and ambitions, she’s got the potential to one day become the greatest female tennis player of all time.