Emma Raducanu became the first British woman to win a tennis grand slam in 44 years after winning the US Open in New York.
The 18-year-old defeated the Canadian Leylah Fernandez 6: 4 and won the US Open – and did not drop a set on the way to the tournament victory. Emma also made history by becoming the first qualifier to win the Grand Slam, beating 17th seeded Fernandez in the process.
The win came just weeks after she dramatically withdrew from Wimbledon in the middle of the game and was heavily criticized by tennis expert John McEnroe and television personality Piers Morgan for “being unable to withstand the pressure”.
After pocketing a staggering £ 1.8 million from her shock win on Saturday night, Emma is now the newest millionaire in tennis. Her total career income to date has been around £ 215,000.
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Considering she only made her senior sports debut in June 2020, this is an amazing accomplishment.
And it’s a journey that led rock star Liam Gallagher to refer to her as “Heavenly Talent”.
Emma was born to a Chinese mother and Romanian father in Toronto, Canada, and moved her family to Bromley, London when she was two years old. She started playing tennis when she was five.
It was one of many after-school activities that her parents had signed her up for.
But while ballet lessons and cycling fell by the wayside, Emma discovered the love of tennis ball, hitting a net.
She soon became a junior professional player, reaching a world ranking of 20 in 2018.
When Emma juggled schoolwork and professional games, there was nothing to suggest she was destined to join the tennis greats.
After turning 18 in November 2020, she made her women’s debut at the Viking Open in Nottingham as a wildcard in June. – She lost in the first round, but played in another tournament a week later – reached the quarterfinals.
That was enough for her to secure wildcard entry at Wimbledon this year. Though she was 338th at the time, she beat three of the world’s top players to get into the last 16, which made her an overnight star.
She reached the fourth round of the competition before retiring because she was too dizzy.
Piers Morgan supports derogatory comments from John McEnroe
He said, “McEnroe was telling the truth. Ms. Raducuna is a talented player but couldn’t handle the pressure when she quit when she lost heavily. “
In a subsequent interview, Emma explained: “At the end of the first set, after some super intense rallies, I started to breathe hard and felt dizzy.
“The medical team advised me not to continue and while it felt like the hardest thing in the world not being able to finish my Wimbledon on the pitch, I wasn’t doing well enough to continue.
“I want to thank the people who cheered me on every single game; I wanted so badly to win for you guys!
“I would also like to thank the All England Club, my team, the LTA, my parents and friends. Last night will help me learn what it takes to be at the top.”
“I will cherish everything we achieved together this week and come back strengthened! I can’t wait to see what’s next on my journey.”
She climbed to 150 in the rankings and in qualifying for the US Open and now tennis fans can hardly wait to return to Wimbledon next year.
Fans who tweeted her congratulations to Emma include Liam Gallagher, who called her a “heavenly” talent, and The Queen.
Her Majesty’s Twitter account reads, “It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age and a testament to your hard work and dedication.”
Piers also tweeted his congratulations, bizarrely recognizing her success by suggesting that she listen to his feedback.
Lots of fans clapped back on Piers’ comments on Twitter, saying: Hold on @piersmorgan, she stayed and won 19 sets.
And a third said, “She’s a lot tougher than a guy who went on the air because someone disagreed with him. A real champion! “
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