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Meet Emma Raducanu, a British Teenager Who is Now Aiming For US Open Triumph

Emma Raducanu made her name well known worldwide after making history in September 2021. She started her career at age five and finally rose in British rankings by becoming the number one and the top-rated player with rankings that fall into the top 25 of the country. She became the first and youngest qualifier, especially as a British player, and won the Grand Slam title at the US Open.

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Earlier this year, she made her way to the Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon, where she reached the fourth round and received the title of becoming the youngest British Woman who managed to get the last of the final sixteen at the Championships in the Open era. The LTA Pro Scholarship Programme supports Emma Raducanu, the highest level of support offered to develop players aged between 16 and 24 with the best chance of reaching the ATP/WTA top 100 singles.

Other than that, she is also the Ambassador of the LTA youth. This program supports and helps children aged from 4 to 18 to learn and enjoy tennis. Currently, she is ranked as the 18th best single player in the world. She has also won two titles at the International Tennis Federation Women’s Circuit while playing on hard surfaces. Soon after her well-deserved Grand Slam victory, she switched her coach from Andrew Richardson to Angelique Kerber. Recently, she also got voted for Personality of the Year 2021 by BBC Sports. 

What’s next for Raducanu?

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It must be hard to handle all the publicity and victories that have come to her in just four months’ time. She has gone from humble days of tweeting about her A levels to defeating other world champions like Leylah Fernandez. But it should be highlighted how Raducanu handled all these situations professionally even while battling coronavirus and is now making her way to the Australian Open debut. 

Emma Raducanu’s win against Sloane Stephens at 2022 Australian Open

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Playing in Melbourne for the first time, the US Open champion Raducanu is making her way to win the 2022 Australian Open. In her comeback against Rybakina on the 11th of January, she looked out of sorts, losing in straight sets and winning just one game.

But after a tough draw with Sloane Stephens, she has since found her rhythm and won her next match in just seventeen minutes. She will now cruise toward round two, and her next match will be on January 20, coming Thursday. Her next opponent would be Danka Kovinic from Montenegro. 

It’s pretty remarkable how this young, high-spirited 19 year old began her career while being ranked as the 345th and then suddenly rose to the 179th ranking after her triumphs in US Open Grand Slam debuts. That’s why tennis experts have already started claiming that she will be the next superstar to emulate great tennis champions of the past.

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