Emma Raducanu Joins Legends Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Serena Williams, and Others After US Open 2021 Triumph

Published 09/12/2021, 12:00 AM EDT
Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


At 18 years old, most people don’t have any idea about their goals in life. However, such isn’t the case with Emma Raducanu. In fact, the young British teenager recently won one of the four biggest titles, the US Open 2021, at the same age. Interestingly, it brings her to the list of few teenage sensations in the WTA history, where Monica Seles still reigns at the top.

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Inarguably, winning a Grand Slam is of the highest prestige in tennis. While Raducanu has already realized it, let’s look at the other women’s players who have done the same before her.

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Emma Raducanu joins an elite list of tennis players

Although it is not the first time a teenager has won a Grand Slam in WTA, it is rather extraordinary. What’s more, Raducanu defeated another teenager, 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez, in the US Open 2021 final.

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain (L) hugs Leylah Fernandez of Canada (R) after their match in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

And so, she joined Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Tracy Austin, Steffi Graf, Hana Mandlikova, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Serena Williams, and Maria Sharapova in the teenage Slam champions list. Remarkably, while Raducanu has won her 1st at 18 years and 303 days old, Seles had already won seven.

Moreover, as winning the second Grand Slam is even more challenging compared to the maiden one, it would be interesting to see whether Raducanu again lifts a trophy in 2022.

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Other records Raducanu made or matched in New York

Fascinatingly, Raducanu became the first-qualifier ever in tennis history to win a Grand Slam tournament. Indeed, it makes her glory exceptional than others.

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Besides, the Englishwoman also did not drop a single set in the ten matches she played in New York. Hence, her run at the US Open 2021 could probably come to the closet to define a perfect Grand Slam campaign.

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Most significantly, Raducanu was playing only her second Grand Slam main draw event. Before this, she hadn’t experienced a single WTA tour-level win. As a result, her story of three weeks in New York will run for many years to come in tennis.

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Let’s see if she can add more glory to her name in the future. Do you see Raducanu as a multiple Slam champion?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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