Emma Raducanu Is A Fucking Queen

Emma Raducanu went to New York as a promising British tennis player, who had her nation’s heart following a decent run at Wimbledon, and will be returning home as a FUCKING QUEEN!!

I wouldn’t blame her if she walked through Heathrow with a Vince McMahon power strut coming back with the trophy without DROPPING A SET THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE TOURNAMENT!! How Tom Brady baller is that.

Like many people, tennis only becomes interesting when the summer comes along or someone takes my interest. During the oldest tennis tournament this year, I started watching Raducanu in the second round in a straight-sets win.

Also, saying her name as a boxing announcer is incredibly satisfying, and I would recommend everyone doing it.

Then came the moment the 18-year-old initially won the nation’s heart during the final set she’d played in the fourth round against Ajla Tomljanović, where the rookie had to pull out for medical reasons.

Those reasons hit very close to home for me and those who suffer from the same thing. As it became clear, to me, she was suffering a panic attack, and I hated that we were watching this happening. The reaction afterwards by Piers Morgan and John McEnroe really pissed me off.

What I will add to that moment is, as it became part of her staple, Raducanu handled it with complete class as I would’ve been a mess of ugly crying and hyperventilating.

After those events, the then world 150 went out to the States and played competitions to gain her wildcard to the US Open. During this journey, she lost only three times over three tournaments, one of those was in the final of Challenger Chicago, just before heading to New York.

Before the major started, I think sports fans, tennis fans and pundits would’ve said, given the draw, coming away matching her Wimbledon result or quarter-finals would’ve been fantastic and gaining more experience.

However, the moment the Canadian-born Brit beat World 11 Belinda Bencic, who recently won Gold at the Olympics, in straight sets in the quarters, then it was clear she was going to be in the final.

What a final it turned out to be! It was the perfect tennis match and Leylah Fernandez was the perfect opponent as audiences and crowds didn’t know who was going to win.

Both women cancelled each other a lot of the time and were fantastic. It was only Emma’s class that separated them, and sometimes luck comes your way. Fernandez has the right to be annoyed as play had to stop for a medical timeout as she was gaining momentum and would’ve broken the Londoners serve.

Yet, when blood is coming out of Raducanu’s leg, that’s a medical stoppage (and I don’t know the rules), just for safety reasons as she or the Canadian could’ve slipped and really hurt themselves.

What showed after the game was the type of sportswoman this young woman is and will be.

The only tears were after the shock of winning that was it. The beaming smile came out and began singing along to England’s national sporting song, Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond. Then came her post-match interview; there was no “OMG” or “I can’t believe this happened”, which shows me Raducanu was telling people, “Winning major trophies, even at 18, isn’t a shock to me, if anything this is where I belong.”

I haven’t seen that confidence in a sportsperson since UFC fighter Conor McGregor or WWE’s Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks or Bianca Belair. All grew their sport with these three women making WWE better, Lynch was the biggest name in wrestling two years ago.

In Leylah Fernandez, Coco Gauff and Emma Raducanu, women’s tennis are in safe hands with these incredible players trading final wins for the next ten years, health permitting.

Moreover, away from the court, Raducanu is going to be the biggest sportsperson in the UK and the most prominent name in tennis since Serena Williams.

She’s already appeared in British Vogue for their October 2021 issue. Still, she’ll be on the cover for next year’s Wimbledon, has already appeared at the MET Gala, Raducanu will be in the American Vogue much sooner.

The newly crowned British number one is already building a worldwide following with 1.8 million followers on Instagram and 569k followers on Twitter and growing, and brands will follow.

Image via Nike

It can’t be understated; Emma Raducanu is the complete package. She has a humble background through her parents, who both work in finance, and coaching staff. She won’t be taken for a mug with A-levels in maths and economics and has the girl-next-door looks.

Nike did the smart thing by signing a deal to sponsor Raducanu after Wimbledon, and they’ll be an announcement in the coming weeks for her own sporting line and shoes. Then others follow suit, with one sports agent suggesting she could earn £100 million in sponsorship.

I hope the hype in the UK press will die down once she returns and spend time with her family and friends before sitting with her team to plan out her WTA schedule with eyes getting prepared for the Australian Open.

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