British tennis sensation Emma Raducanu, 19, named The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year
British tennis sensation Emma Raducanu has been named The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year.
Raducanu, who celebrated her 19th birthday earlier this month, made history earlier this year by becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam when she triumphed at the US Open in September.
Navigating the qualifying rounds in New York, she stormed all the way to the final, beating Canadian Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 to win her first Grand Slam title, as well as £1.8 million in prize money.
The first British woman in 44 years to win a Grand Slam singles title did not drop a set during the tournament.
Jonathan Licht, MD of Sky Sports said: “It is more important than ever after the pandemic to celebrate the progress and phenomenal achievements in women’s sport.
“We’ve seen amazing moments throughout the year, not just in women’s sports, but in the contribution of these nominees to the sport in general, from the success of The Hundred to Emma Raducanu’s extraordinary story that moved the nation. Sky Sports is delighted to play a part in celebrating these incredible women.”
Emma Raducanu made history when she became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam. won
The teenager defeated Leylah Fernandez in New York to claim the trophy and £1.8m in prize money
The number 19 in the world was training again this week after a short vacation
Weightlifter Emily Campbell, modern pentathlete Kate French, cyclists Laura Kenny and Sarah Storey, and boxer Lauren Price were also nominated for the award.
Past winners include Dina Asher-Smith, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Elise Christie, Sally Gunnell, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Denise Lewis, Dame Kelly Holmes, Zara Tindall, Victoria Pendleton, Christine Ohuruogu and Laura Kenny.
Hollie Doyle received the award last year.
Raducanu also enjoyed a dream flight to the fourth round at Wimbledon in July before having to withdraw in her last-16 match against Australian Ajla Tomljanovic after suffering ‘breathing difficulties’.
Raducanu stars in Sports Direct’s $6 million Christmas ad alongside Declan Rice and Jack Grealish
Raducanu was back in training this week after enjoying a vacation for the first time in seven years after her breakthrough season.
The world’s No. 19 teams up with her new coach Torben Beltz, who helped Angelique Kerber become the No. 1 in the world after deciding not to renew a short-term partnership with Andrew Richardson after her win in New York .
Raducanu concludes her great season on Sunday with a friendly match against Romanian Elena-Gabriela Ruse at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Raducanu will try to make a statement after enduring mixed fortunes on the tour since her Grand Slam triumph, losing early at Indian Wells and going out in the quarterfinals in Romania before being defeated in the first round of the Linz Open by Wang Xiyu.
Days after winning her first Grand Slam, she joined the A-list elite at the Met Gala in New York
She will be joined by tennis icons including former UK No. 1 Greg Rusedski, Goran Ivanisevic, Marcos Baghdatis and Radek Stepanek.
After the match in London, Raducanu will begin her preparations for the Australian Open, which starts on January 17.
Raducanu also achieved celebrity status with her first Grand Slam win over Flushing Meadows, with brands lining up to offer her sponsorship deals and a myriad of magazines featuring her on the front cover.
Days later, she was among the A-list elite at New York’s Met Gala – the biggest night in fashion.
The teen shared snaps from her first vacation in seven years after a breakthrough season
She stood for the occasion in a gorgeous midriff-bare, monochromatic Chanel outfit complete with pearls around her waist and Tiffany diamonds in her ears.
Invited in person by Vogue chief Dame Anna Wintour, she sat at the $500,000 Chanel table with his famous ambassadors – sparking speculation that she would join them as ambassador.
Meanwhile, the teen was revealed as the face of jewelry brand Tiffany and Co in a deal estimated to be worth more than £2 million.
Raducanu shared a photo of her on a tropical beach with her 2 million Instagram followers
Emma announced the title on Instagram, saying: ‘Very excited to join the iconic @tiffanyandco family as a House Ambassador. It was an honor to be able to wear this special jewelry over the past few weeks!’
And in October, she became the latest celebrity to be announced as an ambassador for the high-end fashion house Dior.
In the role, the teen will represent Dior Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s womenswear collections and the luxury brand’s skincare and makeup line.
It is unknown how much Emma will be paid for her role as Dior ambassador.
She also shared a video riding a jet ski across the turquoise waters
Emma further cemented her position as a household name when she was revealed as the face of Sports Direct’s 2021 Christmas campaign.
The teenage tennis sensation was joined by Jack Grealish, a Euro heartbeat, and a slew of young top British sports stars in the ad.
The 18-year-old from Bromley, who looks like a sensation in white tennis attire, frolic in the snow and hitting snowballs with her tennis racket in a whopping £6million campaign, cheekily joking ‘new balls please’ as she is pelted in a snowball fight.
The tennis star has been billed as a ‘sponsored dream’ and is on track to become the highest-earning female athlete of all time.