Earlier this year, in the week of January 4th, 2021, the very young Emma Raducanu occupied the 345th position in the WTA world rankings. Having such a low ranking, Emma had the opportunity to participate in the main draw of the Wimbledon tournament - for the first time in her very short career - exclusively through a wildcard, which allowed her to beat Vitalia Diatchenko, Marketa Vondrousova and Sorana Cirstea, before retiring in the round of 16 against Alja Tomljanovic.
Thanks to this result, Raducanu made a leap of over 150 positions and reached the 179th step of the world rankings. After a couple of not so exciting results over the summer and the final lost in Chicago to Clara Tauson, the British player showed up for the US Open qualifiers, where she easily overtook Bibiane Schoofs, Mariam Bolkvadze and Mayar Sherif.
Arrived at the main draw, Emma completed her incredible race, which led her to defeat Stefanie Voegele, Shuai Zhang, Sara Sorribes Tormo, Shelby Rogers, Belinda Bencic, Maria Sakkari and Leylah Fernandez in the final, thus going to conquer the her first Grand Slam title.
In the latest rankings released by the WTA, Emma now occupies the 23rd position.
Klopp's praise Raducanu
Thanks to this success, the Toronto-born champion became the first player from qualifiers to triumph in a Major event, as well as being the first Briton to win a Grand Slam since Virginia Wade in the 1970s.
Speaking of her, the German Jurgen Klopp, current Liverpool Football Club manager, called her the talent of the century, adding: "From now on I will start following women's tennis much more." The success of Flushing Meadows also propelled Emma to 14th place in the important Race to Shenzhen, valid for qualifying for the WTA Finals (starting this year, however, in Mexico).
Raducanu also made statements after her incredible victory and repeatedly declared that she was incredulous in front of this success, a victory for her as unexpected for everyone. Emma was also among the sports stars at the New York Mets Gala, at the Metropolitan Museum, just after her US Open wins.