Famous Brit of the Week #81 - Emma Raducanu
This week's Famous Brits Assemblies can only be about Emma Raducanu, who has suddenly become a major international Tennis Star. Emma was born in Toronto, Canada to a Romanian father and Chinese mother, moving to England when she was two years old. She is a British professional tennis player and the current US Open Champion after she reached became No. 23 in the World on 13 September 2021, and is the current British No. 1.
Ranked No. 338 in the world at the time, Raducanu was awarded a wildcard into the main draw at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, and reached the fourth round there in her debut in a major championship. Two months later, she entered the qualifying competition for the 2021 US Open and, reaching the main draw, went on to become the first qualifier to reach and win a Grand Slam singles final. In the final, Raducanu defeated Leylah Fernandez, winning the title without losing a set throughout the tournament.She became the first British woman to win a major singles title since Virginia Wade at the 1977 Wimbledon Championships, and the first to do so at the US Open since Wade in 1968. She has already been lauded by many across the World, including receiving a message from Queen Elizabeth II which said "I send my congratulations to you on your success in winning the United States Open Tennis Championships. It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age, and is testament to your hard work and dedication. I have no doubt your outstanding performance, and that of your opponent Leylah Fernandez, will inspire the next generation of tennis players. I send my warmest good wishes to you and your many supporters."