Emma Raducanu Earns Huge Leap in Rankings After US Open 2021 Success, Becomes British No.1

Published 09/10/2021, 12:23 PM EDT
Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of the United Kingdom celebrates a winner against Shelby Rogers of the USA on day eight of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


Change has always been an essential and integral part in the WTA tour when compared to its male counterpart. There has always been new stars rising from the ashes and proving their mettle on the big stage continuously. The young British sensation Emma Raducanu falls in this category as she became the first qualifier ever to reach a grand slam final.

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Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of the United Kingdom hits to Shelby Rogers of the USA on day eight of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

At the on-going US Open, Raducanu got through qualifier rounds and stunned the likes of Belinda Bencic, Maria Sakkari, and Shelby Rogers to reach the finals. During her journey, she also acquired scores of new fans. Owing to her playing style and her amicable demeanor post-matches.

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Her opponent in the final is yet another rising start. She hails from Canada, a country that has been consistently producing exceptional talents on both the ATP and the WTA tours.

Leylah Fernandez, who first attracted attention during her matchup against Naomi Osaka, has gotten herself a habit of upsetting top-seed players. The likes of Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina, and Aryna Sabalenka have fallen prey to the Canadian’s powerful groundstrokes and incredible grit on-court.

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Sep 7, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Leylah Fernandez of Canada hits to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on day nine of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Emma Raducanu gets a huge ranking boost after reaching US Open finals

Before the US Open, no one had thought that these two talented youngsters would be reaching their first major final. Suffice it to say that this sport produces champions of strength, of perseverance, and immense talent to go along with these qualities.

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Coming to Raducanu, the youngster is set to become the number one British player on Monday. Also, owing to her deep run in New York, Emma will see her rankings jump from No.150 to No.32 in case she loses the final.

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A first grand slam victory for the Brit will see her enter inside the top-30 (No.24) rankings on the WTA tour. Irrespective of the result, Raducanu’s journey in the US Open will be an inspiration for young tennis players out there.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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