Emma Raducanu
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Country (sports) Great Britain
ResidenceLondon, England, UK
Born (2002-11-13) 13 November 2002 (age 18)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Turned pro2018
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachAndrew Richardson
Prize moneyUS$2,803,376
Singles
Career record74–22 (77.1%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 23 (13 September 2021)
Current rankingNo. 23 (13 September 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon4R (2021)
US OpenW (2021)
Doubles
Career record0–0
Career titles0
Last updated on: 11 September 2021.

Emma Raducanu (/ræduˈkɑːn/;[2] born 13 November 2002) is a British professional tennis player. She has a career-high Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranking of No. 23 in the world and is the top-ranked British player. Raducanu is the reigning US Open champion, and is the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.

Raducanu was born in Toronto to a Chinese mother and Romanian father, and she was raised in London. Raducanu made her WTA Tour debut in June 2021. As a wild card ranked outside the top 300 at Wimbledon, she reached the fourth round in her first major tournament. At the US Open two months later, Raducanu was able to qualify for the main draw and became the first qualifier in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam singles title with her victory in the final against Leylah Fernandez. The final was the first between two teenagers since Serena Williams defeated Martina Hingis at the 1999 US Open. Raducanu did not drop a set during the tournament and became the first British woman to win the US Open in singles since Wade in 1968.

Early life, education, and personal life

Emma Raducanu was born on 13 November 2002 in Toronto, Canada. Her father came from Bucharest, Romania,[3][4] while her mother originated from Shenyang, China.[5][6] She recalled her parents "both came from very academic families... [in] communist countries education was kind of their only option".[7] She and her family moved to England when she was two years old.[8] Raducanu started playing tennis at the age of five.[9] She attended Bickley Primary School followed by Newstead Wood School, a selective grammar school in Orpington, where she obtained an A* in mathematics and an A in economics in her A-Levels.[10] As a child, she participated in various sports and activities, including basketball, golf, karting, motocross, skiing, horse riding, and ballet.[11][12] She is a fan of Formula One.[13]

Raducanu holds both British and Canadian citizenship.[14] She speaks Mandarin, watches Taiwanese television shows, and enjoys Romanian cuisine, courtesy of her grandmother in Bucharest.[15]

Raducanu has attributed her mentality and ethics to her role models, tennis players Simona Halep and Li Na (who are from countries of her ancestry).[16]

Junior career

Raducanu won the ITF Chandigarh Lawn Tennis girls tournament at the beginning of 2018.[17] In 2018 she won ITF grade-3 at Chandigarh and grade-2 junior tournament at New Delhi both in India.[18] Raducanu defeated Diana Khodan of Ukraine in the final at Chandigarh, held at Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association Stadium, where she won in straight sets.[19]

Later that year, she reached the girls' singles quarterfinals at both the Wimbledon Championships and the US Open.[20] At Wimbledon, Raducanu defeated Leylah Fernandez in the second round, a feat she would eventually repeat in the senior US Open final three years later.[21]

Professional career

Raducanu during the Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers in February 2020.

Raducanu turned professional in 2018.[22] She alternated between junior and professional tournaments during 2018 and 2019.[23]

In 2019 Raducanu competed in Solapur Open in Maharashtra. She reached second round in Solapur Open women's ITF $25K tennis tournament. She retired in second round.[24][25] She won the ITF NECC-Deccan $25,000 tournament in Pune, India, in December 2019.[26][27] In the final at Deccan Gymkhana club, she won against Niktah Bains in three sets. Her semifinal and quarterfinal victories came in three sets.[28] It was her best title victory before winning 2021 US Open.[29]

In 2020, many tennis events were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[30] Raducanu participated in exhibition matches and small tournaments in the United Kingdom. She won the LTA British Tour Masters title in December 2020.[23] She also devoted time to her academic studies, preparing for her A-Levels (which she took in 2021).[31][32]

2021: WTA Tour debut, US Open title, and top 25

At the beginning of June, Raducanu made her WTA Tour main draw debut at the 2021 Nottingham Open as a wildcard entry. She lost in the first round to fellow Briton Harriet Dart.[33][34]

In late June, Raducanu made her main draw Grand Slam debut on a wildcard to the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.[35] She advanced to the third round with initial victories over Vitalia Diatchenko[36] and Markéta Vondroušová.[37] She was the youngest British woman to reach the Wimbledon third round since Elena Baltacha in 2002.[38] She then defeated Sorana Cîrstea to reach the fourth round,[22] becoming, at 18 years and 239 days old, the youngest British woman to reach the last 16 in the Open Era,[39][40] and guaranteeing her entry to the world's top 200, having been ranked world No. 338 at the start of Wimbledon.[41][42][43][44] On 5 July 2021, Raducanu retired in the second set of her fourth round match against Ajla Tomljanović, after experiencing breathing difficulties.[45][46]

Raducanu played at the Silicon Valley Classic, the first women's tournament in the annual US Open Series, in August, again receiving a wildcard to enter the tournament.[47] She lost in the first round to Zhang Shuai.[48] She changed her coach during this time from Nigel Sears, father-in-law of former world No. 1 Andy Murray, to Andrew Richardson, one of her youth coaches.[49] In August 2021 Raducanu reached the final of the WTA 125 event in Chicago, where she lost to Clara Tauson.[50] The WTA ranking points she gained brought her to a new career high ranking of world No. 150.

At the US Open, Raducanu beat Bibiane Schoofs, Mariam Bolkvadze, and Mayar Sherif in straight sets in qualifying to enter the main draw. There, she beat Stefanie Voegele, Zhang Shuai, Sara Sorribes Tormo, Shelby Rogers, Belinda Bencic, and Maria Sakkari to reach the final, without dropping a set.[51][52] She gained more than 100 ranking places, entering the top 25 and displacing Johanna Konta to become British No. 1.[53][54][55] She became the only singles qualifier to reach the semifinal[56] and final of the US Open in the Open Era, and the youngest player to reach the final since Maria Sharapova in 2005.[57] She was also the fifth player in the Open Era to make the semi-final on her US Open debut.[58] Following her win over Maria Sakkari in the semifinals, Raducanu became the second player born in 2002 to reach the final of the US Open and the first British woman to reach the US Open final since Virginia Wade in 1968.[59] Wade attended several of Raducanu's matches, including the final.[60]

Raducanu defeated Leylah Fernandez in two sets in what was the first all-teenage women's singles final since the 1999 US Open between Serena Williams and Martina Hingis.[61][62] She won the title without dropping a set, the first woman to do so at the US Open since Williams in 2014. Raducanu was the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament, and the first woman in the Open Era to win a major tournament on her second appearance.[63] It also meant that she became just the second US Open debutante after Bianca Andreescu to win the tournament.[64][65]

As a result of her US Open victory, Raducanu rose to No. 23 in the world rankings.[66] She was the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Wade at Wimbledon in 1977, and the first British Grand Slam singles champion since Andy Murray at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.[67]

Career statistics

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# DNQ A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Billie Jean King Cup and Olympic Games are included in win/loss records.[68]

Tournament 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
French Open A A A A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Wimbledon Q1 Q1 NH 4R 0 / 1 3–1 75%
US Open A A A W 1 / 1 7–0 100%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 10–1 1 / 2 10–1 91%
Career statistics
Tournaments 0 0 0 4 Career total: 4
Titles 0 0 0 1 Career total: 1
Finals 0 0 0 1 Career total: 1
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 10–3 1 / 4 10–3 77%
Year-end ranking 692 503 343 $2,803,376

Grand Slam tournament finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 2021 US Open Hard Canada Leylah Fernandez 6–4, 6–3

WTA career finals

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
WTA 1000 (0–0)
WTA 500 (0–0)
WTA 250 (0–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2021 US Open Grand Slam Hard Canada Leylah Fernandez 6–4, 6–3

WTA 125 series finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Aug 2021 WTA 125 Chicago, United States Hard Denmark Clara Tauson 1–6, 6–2, 4–6

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 5 (3 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments (0–0)
$80,000 tournaments (0–0)
$60,000 tournaments (0–0)
$25,000 tournaments (1–1)
$15,000 tournaments (2–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 May 2018 ITF Tiberias, Israel 15,000 Hard Belgium Hélène Scholsen 7–6(7–3), 6–4
Win 2–0 Oct 2018 ITF Antalya, Turkey 15,000 Hard Czech Republic Johana Marková 6–4, 6–2
Loss 2–1 Mar 2019 ITF Tel Aviv, Israel 15,000 Hard Italy Corinna Dentoni 4–6, 3–6
Win 3–1 Dec 2019 ITF Pune, India 25,000 Hard United Kingdom Naiktha Bains 3–6, 6–1, 6–4
Loss 3–2 Mar 2020 ITF Sunderland, UK 25,000 Hard (i) Bulgaria Viktoriya Tomova 6–4, 4–6, 3–6

Record against other players

Record against top 10 players

Raducanu's record against players who have been ranked in the top 10. Active players are in boldface.[69]

Player Years Record Win % Hard Clay Grass Last Match
Number 4 ranked players
Switzerland Belinda Bencic 2021 1–0 100% 1–0 Won (6–3, 6–4) at 2021 US Open
Total 2021 1–0 100% 1–0
(100%)
0–0
( – )
0–0
( – )
Last updated 10 September 2021.

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