Emma Raducanu has been named Sportswoman of the Year after a breakout season that culminated in a US Open victory.
Emma Raducanu has won yet another prestigious award to cap off her breakthrough year.
After a breakthrough season in tennis, Emma Raducanu has been named The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year.
Raducanu rose to prominence in September, when he won the US Open after an historic few weeks in New York, breaking nearly every record in the book on his way to the title.
After winning the prestigious prize at Flushing Meadows without dropping a set throughout the tournament, the 19-year-old became the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam event.
With a 6-4,6-3 victory over fellow teen sensation Leylah Fernandez in the final in New York, the Brit secured her first of many Grand Slam titles.
Following her world-record-breaking victory, the 18-year-old has been named The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year, joining a distinguished group of previous winners including Dina Asher-Smith, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, and Kelly Holmes.
The award, which is presented in partnership with Sky Sports, is in its 34th year of honoring the best female athletes in the country, and Sky Sports Managing Director Jonathan Licht cited Raducanu’s win as one of many sporting triumphs for women in 2021.
“It is more important than ever to celebrate the progress and phenomenal achievements in women’s sport post-pandemic,” Licht said.
“We’ve seen some incredible moments this year, not just in women’s sport but in the contributions of these nominees to sport in general, from The Hundred’s success to Emma Raducanu’s extraordinary story that moved the nation.”
Raducanu’s breakthrough campaign came to an end earlier this month in Austria, when she was defeated 1-6, 7-6, 5-7 by Chinese youngster Xinyu Wang.
Following what has undoubtedly been a tumultuous year for the adolescent, she took to Instagram to express gratitude to her fans for their support throughout 2021.
“I want to express my gratitude for your generous support and thank you,” she wrote.
“On this incredible journey, I’ve learned a lot of things quickly, but all I can say is that I’m very excited and motivated to take the next steps.”
“I believe I can do great work with my team, and with patience, I believe we will succeed.”
“I owe my team and people a huge debt of gratitude.
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