Raducanu 'will dominate next decade' says former champ
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Emma Raducanu is preparing to face fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez in what is a maiden Grand Slam final for both players. The Brit has enjoyed the summer of her life so far, making the fourth round of Wimbledon as a wild card, receiving top grades in her A Levels and now making history as the first-ever qualifier to reach a Major final. As the world No 150 continues to rewrite history, one parent of a former classmate has shared a hilarious comparison between Raducanu’s success and her own daughter since finishing school.
Raducanu has firmly cemented herself as one of tennis’ biggest young stars following her breakthrough this summer.
The 18-year-old announced herself in her home country of Britain when she made the second week of Wimbledon as a wild card, playing her first-ever Major tournament and second WTA Tour-level event.
It wasn’t until the US Open that Raducanu became a household name in the sport, becoming the first qualifier in history to make a Grand Slam final and failing to drop a set across nine matches, including victories over seeded opponents.
If tthat wasn’t enough, the Bromley teenager also completed her A Levels this summer, and while playing in the North American hard court swing, she received a call from her parents informing her she achieved an A* in maths and an A in economics.
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The world No 150, who will rise to 32nd in the world as a runner-up or 24th with the US Open title, attended Newstead Wood, a grammar school in Orpington.
While many British teenagers can relate to Raducanu’s school experience, attending her prom earlier this summer and anticipating her A Level results, reaching a Grand Slam final at 18 definitely isn’t the norm in the tennis world at the moment, let alone for any other teenager.
It seems that even the US Open finalist’s former classmates can see the funny side of her extraordinary achievements since leaving school, with one parent going viral on Twitter for her comparison between her own daughter and Raducanu.
“3 months ago my daughter and Emma Radacanu were in the same maths class,” Professor Claire Hopkins tweeted.
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Adding a crying face emoji as a joke, she continued: “Since collecting their A level results one has broken all records and is set to win the US open. The other has broken her wrist whilst crowdsurfing at a festival. It’s a proud parenting moment”.
The tweet has since garnered thousands of likes, though luckily many have realised that the ENT surgeon was joking, with one woman replying: “I love the tone that this tweet is written in and the humour underlying in it. I’m sure your daughter makes you proud every day.”
The proud mother replied: “Absolutely! She is everything I wish I could have been at 18″.
Raducanu could continue to make history on Saturday as she takes on fellow teenager Fernandez in the US Open final.
She is already the first qualifier, man or woman, to make a Major final and could go one better by lifting the title.
Raducanu is also the first British woman in 44 years to reach a Grand Slam final, since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.
Her clash with the 19-year-old Canadian is also the first all-teenage US Open final since 1999, when a then-17-year-old Serena Williams beat 18-year-old Martina Hingis to win the first of her 23 Grand Slam titles.
Their match begins at 9pm BST, with TV coverage starting on Prime Video and Channel 4 at 8pm.
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