18-Year-Old Emma Raducanu Makes Breakthrough in World Rankings After Recent Success

Published 08/22/2021, 11:56 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu in action during her third round match against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


British teenage sensation Emma Raducanu continued to build momentum ahead of the upcoming US Open. Taking part in the Chicago Challenger event, the 18-year-old faced Clara Tauson in the final earlier today.

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Despite going a set down, Raducanu fought back to claim her maiden title in the WTA 125k series. The final scoreline read 1-6, 6-2, 4-6.

Emma Raducanu loses Chicago Challenger final to Clara Tauson

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The match started in shocking fashion, as both players broke each other’s first serve games. However, after the first two games, Raducanu proved no match for Tauson, as she won five games in a row to win the set 6-1.

In the second set, the Briton gave more of a fight to her Danish opponent. Just like the first set, neither player could hold serve in the first two games. However, Raducanu broke Tauson’s serve one again in the seventh game of the set, before serving to seal the set 6-2.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu reacts during her third round match against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The deciding set looked like it could go either way. After the first game took a long period of time, both players broke each others’ serves twice to tie the score at 3-3. However, the Dane struck the match-winning moment on Raducanu’s serve to seal the final set, and the match 6-4.

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Raducanu set to break the Top 150 in the WTA Rankings

A few months back, Raducanu reached the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championships. At just 18 years old, she became the youngest British woman to do so. Although she retired midway through her match against Ajla Tomljanovic, she announced herself on the big stage that day.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Britain’s Emma Raducanu reacts during her fourth round match against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic REUTERS/Toby Melville

She brought that good run of form to various WTA 125k tournaments, which, according to journalist Stuart Fraser is good enough to see her break the top 150 for the first time in her career.

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He put out a tweet on the same, which read“Emma Raducanu riding a wave of momentum ahead of her attempt next week to qualify for the US Open. The 18-year-old Briton has reached the final of the WTA Chicago Challenger and is now set to enter the world’s top-150 for the first time.”

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With just a week left for the US Open, this comes as huge news. However, can the teenager follow through and make a bigger impression in Flushing Meadows? Only time will tell.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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