It has taken British tennis a long time for fans to warm and get excited about a player. Johanna Konta and before Konta, Andy Murray were the last two British players everybody got thrilled about, until now.
An 18-year-old by the name of Emma Raducanu has taken not just the British public but the world by storm. Raducanu has become the first player in the Open era to reach the last four of the US Open, having originally having to qualified.
Raducanu moved to Britain at a very young age
The Toronto born sensation, who moved to Britain when she was aged just two, has taken everybody by surprise. Having played three qualifying rounds, she has now reached the semi-final without dropping a set. Standing in her way of a maiden grand slam final is Maria Sakari of Greece.
She has smiled her way this far in the tournament and is thoroughly enjoying the occasion. The girl who resides in Bromley has a wonderful tennis brain and appears destined for the top at some stage of her career.
Raducanu, has demonstrated already with her time in the big apple by brushing aside opposition with great ease. She processes an impressive shot selection, composure and ability to adjust and adapt to her opponents strengths.
Overpowering every opponent in front of her
The teenager has overpowered everything in front of her. She has even won over the American crowd who have taken her to their hearts. When she played Shelby Rogers in the last 16 the partisan crowd soon decided they wanted the Brit to win.
Yet only ten weeks ago, she was ranked outside the top 300 women in the world. Then came Wimbledon where people who saw her display her talent on show knew she could go a long way. Raducanu reached the last 16 before retiring due to breathing difficulties.
Having not played before Wimbledon for 15 months due to the Coronavirus pandemic wiping out the development tours underneath the WTA tour.
Last weeks A level results were successful for Emma
Just last month she was receiving her A level results- an A in both maths and economics. Come Monday she will be receiving some more good news when she will officially replace Konta as Great Britain’s Number 1. Raducanu will also break into the worlds top 50, an astonishing achievement for somebody so young.
Raducanu admitted after her win over Belinda Bendic that she didn’t expect to have gone so far in the Tournament. Her flight home was booked after the qualifying rounds, though that was soon rescheduled.
She has certainly been a breath of fresh air to the tennis scene, and a welcome distraction from Andy Murray’s fitness.