Praise continues to pour in for Emma Raducanu


Where British sporting accomplishment is concerned it's difficult to imagine many eighteen-year-olds having had better weeks than Emma Raducanu. In fact it's difficult to imagine anyone, of any age, having had a weekend quite like this. Her victory over Leylah Fernandez has made her the first British woman to win a singles grand slam since Virginia Wade in 1977 - nearly 50 years ago.

The response which has followed has been monumental. 

12-times grand slam winner Billie Jean King lauded the terrific display of competition as well as the maturity of both players. Scotland First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon crowned the event as one that will be "talked about for decades", while another giant of the tennis world Martina Navratilova noted that Emma's victory had marked the birth of a star.

Radacanu's victory was the first time that a qualifier - man or woman - had gone on to win a major. Navratilova was equally impressed by the showing of Leylah Fernandez adding simply that she would be back. 

Fernandez, who is only 19 herself was an equally surprise candidate for final. She defeated the third seed and defending champion, Naomi Osaka in three sets in the third round, former world No. 1 and three-time major champion Angelique Kerber in the fourth round in three sets, and fifth seed Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals, again in three sets to her maiden final. 

Like Fernandez, who is of Canadian, Filipino, and Ecuadorian heritage, Radacanu's backgroud has drawn attention. Born in Canada to a Romanian father and Chinese mother, before moving to London aged two, negative assertions surrounding her 'Britshness' have unfortunately reared their heads following the triumph, but these objections are wide of the mark.

Far from being any less 'British' than these naysayers assert, Radacanu is a youthful reflection of the diversity which exists in modern British society.


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