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Emma Raducanu

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Bio She is a British professional tennis player. She reached a career-high Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranking of world No. 20, and is the current British No. 1. Raducanu is the reigning US Open champion, and the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Virginia Wade in the 1977 Wimbledon Championships. She is considered a baseline player, known for her powerful, flat groundstrokes, and aggressive return of serve.

Raducanu was born in Toronto and raised in London. She made her WTA Tour debut in June 2021. As a wild card at Wimbledon, ranked outside the top 300, she reached the fourth round in her first major tournament. At the US Open two months later, Raducanu became the first singles qualifier in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title, beating Leylah Fernandez in the final. She had to win three rounds of qualifying matches and seven matches in the tournament, winning all ten without losing a set. This was only the second Grand Slam tournament of her career, and she holds the record for the least number of majors played before winning a title.

She was born on November 13, 2002 in Toronto, Canada, to Ian and Renee Raducanu. Raducanu started playing tennis at the age of five.

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

Later that year, she reached the girls' singles quarterfinals at both the Wimbledon Championships and the US Open. At Wimbledon, Raducanu defeated Leylah Fernandez in the second round, a victory she repeated in the senior US Open final three years later.

Raducanu turned professional in 2018. She alternated between junior and professional tournaments during 2018 and 2019.

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

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

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.

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

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. She lost in the first round to Zhang Shuai. 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. In the warm-up to the US Open, Raducanu reached the final of the WTA 125 event in Chicago, where she lost to Clara Tauson. 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 Vögele, Zhang Shuai, Sara Sorribes Tormo, Shelby Rogers, Belinda Bencic, and Maria Sakkari to reach the final, without dropping a set. She gained more than 100 ranking places, entering the top 25 and displacing Johanna Konta to become British No. 1. She became the only singles qualifier to reach the semifinal and final of the US Open in the Open Era, and the youngest player to reach the final since Maria Sharapova in 2006. She was also the fifth player in the Open Era to make the semifinal on her US Open debut. 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. Wade attended several of Raducanu's matches, including the final.

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. 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 in the Open Era, and the first woman in the Open Era to win the second major tournament she had entered. It also meant that she became just the second US Open debutante, after Bianca Andreescu, to win the tournament.

As a result of her US Open victory, Raducanu rose to No. 23 in the world rankings. 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. Less than two weeks after her victory at the US Open she parted ways with her coach Andrew Richardson.

Following her US open title, Raducanu played in the Indian Wells Open where she accepted a wildcard into the main draw. Although she was without a coach, former British number 1 tennis player Jeremy Bates aided her at the event and had worked with her at the LTA prior to Indian Wells. Her hitting partner during the tournament was Raymond Sarmiento. Raducanu lost in straight sets in her first match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

After her loss in Indian Wells, Raducanu withdrew from the 2021 Kremlin Cup citing schedule changes. During this time, Raducanu continued her search for a permanent coach in time for the 2022 Australian Open and spent a week training with Johanna Konta's former coach Esteban Carril prior to her next tournament. Raducanu entered the 2021 Transylvania Open, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. As the third seed, she earned her first WTA Tour victory by defeating Polona Hercog. She advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Ana Bogdan, before losing to Marta Kostyuk in straight sets.

Raducanu entered the 2021 Upper Austria Ladies Linz; this was her first tournament as the top seed. This was her last scheduled WTA Tour event for 2021. She lost in her round of 16 match against Wang Xinyu in three sets; 6-1, 6-7, 7-5. Shortly following her loss, she announced Torben Beltz as her new coach.

She will then participate in an exhibition match against a player to be announced, at the Champions Tennis event at Royal Albert Hall on November 28, 2021. Following this, she is scheduled play Belinda Bencic in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship on December 16, 2021.

Raducanu is a baseline player, who has an aggressive style of play. As her playing style is focused on offence, she typically hits a considerable number of winners. Raducanu hits the ball early on the rise, and is adept at redirecting power down the line. She hits her groundstrokes flat and hard, with relentless depth and power. Her best groundstroke is her two-handed backhand, which was described as "world-class" by former British No. 1 Anne Keothavong; her signature shot is her backhand down-the-line. Raducanu can hit her backhand one-handed with slice, to break up the pace of rallies and disrupt her opponent's rhythm but she does not use this shot often.

Raducanu has a strong forehand, although it is more volatile than her backhand. Her serve is strong, peaking at 110 mph (177 km/h), and she has a consistent ball toss, and accurate serve positioning. Raducanu's most effective serve is a wide, sliced serve, which she used during the 2021 US Open. Raducanu's second serve is typically delivered at a higher speed than the WTA average, at 93 mph (150 km/h), allowing her to play offensively even after missing a first serve. She is known for her return of serve. She keeps opponents deep in the court by taking the ball early, and hitting hard down the line, whilst attacking short second serves by going for return winners.

Her movement, court coverage, footwork, speed, and anticipation allow her to rally and defend effectively against opponents. She blends good point construction with tactical flexibility, making it difficult for opponents to read her game. Despite typically playing from the baseline, Raducanu is a capable net player, and she possesses an effective drop shot. Raducanu is comfortable on all surfaces, although she has stated that she prefers hard courts, where she won her maiden Grand Slam title.
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