World No. 19 Emma Raducanu claimed the Sportswoman of the Year and International Newcomer titles at the 2021 SJA British Sports Awards. Raducanu, 19, stunned the tennis world when she captured her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open.
Raducanu beat Leylah Fernandez in the final to become the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam. Raducanu is now one of Britain's brightest athletes as they are hoping Raducanu will go on to have a great career.
“It’s such an honour to receive such a great award,” Raducanu said, as quoted on Women's Sports Alliance. “There have been some incredible past winners, so for me to be part of this is a really incredible achievement.
It’s been a really crazy year and such an incredible journey bit I’m looking forward to what’s ahead (in 2022)”.
Raducanu insists she hasn't changed
Raducanu rapidly became one of the most popular players on the WTA Tour but she insists the fame hasn't changed her.
However, Raducanu is aware of the expectations that are now placed on her. "I'm not sure of other people's opinions of me," Raducanu said. "It's going to happen, pressure is a privilege. I thrive under the adrenaline, I hope.
"So for me, I don't really think about other people's opinions or expectations. The only ones I have are that of myself, to improve and get better." Raducanu, 19, insists she is staying humble after her US Open victory.
"For me, I am just going about my business," Raducanu noted. "I take the train sometimes. I am doing the same journeys I used to. I feel like I am the exact same person. I will go about everything I used to do. I don't see why I should change the things that got me that title. I am still enjoying it."