Emma Raducanu had “no idea” about becoming British No1 after US Open heroics

Tennis teenage sensation Emma Raducanu had “no idea” about becoming the British No.1 following her US Open heroics.

The 18-year-old is the first qualifier in Women’s Singles history at the Grand Slam to reach the last four following her win over Belinda Bencic.

It is the latest remarkable achievement in the youngster’s incredible year, having started 2021 on the ITF Circuit after three years being professional.

But the win against the Olympic champion has sent her soaring up to British No.1 at Flushing Meadows.

Raduacnu’s progress into a semi-final against either Karolina Pliskova or Maria Sakkari means she will overtake Johanna Konta whatever happens in the final four.



Emma Raducanu had ‘no idea’ that she became the new British women’s tennis No.1 following her US Open heroics

And, having started Wimbledon as No.338 in the world, she could now rise to 51st in the world of Women’s Singles tennis.

Despite this incredible achievement, the teenager – who only passed her A Levels last month – admitted that she was not aware of her new standing for her country.

Speaking after the match in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Raducanu said: “I had no idea. That’s obviously very cool.

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The 18-year-old is into the last four of the US Open, the first time a qualifier has ever achieved this at the American Grand Slam in Women's Singles
The 18-year-old is into the last four of the US Open, the first time a qualifier has ever achieved this at the American Grand Slam in Women’s Singles

“The group of British girls that we’ve got, I think we are all playing at a great level right now and in good form. I think it’s really nice to be able to have a really supportive group.

“I’m sure we are all going to be just pushing each other up the ranks and with our own level.”

Should Raducanu make it through to the final of the US Open, she will face either Leylah Fernandez or second-seed Aryna Sabalenka.



It meant that, whatever happens from now, Raducanu will be the new British No.1, replacing Johanna Konta - but the teenager had 'no idea'
It meant that, whatever happens from now, Raducanu will be the new British No.1, replacing Johanna Konta – but the teenager had ‘no idea’

While she is the lowest-ranked player left in the tournament, she has reached the last four without dropping a set in New York.

The 18-year-old beat Bencic’s Swiss compatriot Stefanie Voegele 6-2 6-3 in Round 1 and China’s Shuai Zhang 6-2 6-4.

Sara Sorribes Tormo, 45th-seed, fell in the third round before homegrown talent Shelby Rogers – conqueror of No.1 seed Ashleigh Barty – fell 6-2 6-1 on the way to the Brit beating Bencic.

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