She’s done it! Emma Raducanu has become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament. Emma had an incredible run at Wimbledon in the summer but now she’s won the US Open 2021 at her first attempt. But who are Emma Raducanu’s parents? Let’s meet her mom and dad.
Emma Raducanu’s dream 2021 season
Emma Raducanu is a remarkably new face on tour. She only made her debut WTA main draw appearance at the Nottingham Open,
Nevertheless, the 18-year-old managed to beat the 2019 French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova 6-2 6-4 in the second round at Wimbledon.
Raducanu, ranked 338 in the world at the time by the WTA and only in the competition thanks to a wildcard, then beat Romanian Sorana Cîrstea in the third round 6-3, 7-5.
That win made her the youngest British woman to reach the last 16 in the Open Era.
On 5 July 2021, Raducanu retired in the second set of her fourth round match against Ajla Tomljanović because of breathing difficulties.
However, in August 2021 Emma reached the final of the WTA 125 event in Chicago. Although she lost to Clara Tauson, she attained a new career-high ranking of 150.
US Open sensation
After coming through the qualifying rounds, Raducanu has been even more sensational at the 2021 US Open.
She beat Stefanie Vögele in straight sets in the first round before defeating China’s Zhang Shuai in the second.
The British qualifier then beat US star Shelby Rogers, who had knocked out world number one and Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty in the third round, 6-2, 6-1.
Playing in just her second Grand Slam, Raducanu advanced to the semi-finals after beating Olympic champion Belinda Bencic.
Emma then beat Greek 17th seed Maria Sakkari in the semi-finals on Thursday, 9 September after another scintillating straight sets victory, 6-1. 6-4.
Today (Saturday, 11 September), Raducanu took on Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez in the final in front of a partisan crowd at Arthur Ashe.
Yet again, Emma triumphed in straight sets meaning she made history by becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament. She is also the first British tennis player to win a Grand Slam tournament since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977.
The win means she will also rise to world no.23 and become British number one. What an incredible journey.
Raducanu’s parents and tennis school in London
Emma was born in Toronto, Canada, on 3 November 2002. Her father Ian is Romanian and her mother Renee is Chinese. They are both financial executives.
She moved to London at the age of two, and started playing tennis at the Bromley Tennis academy when she was just five.
The tennis sensation was a jack-of-all-trades as a child, dabbling in tennis, ballet, swimming, horse riding, golf, skiing, and even motocross.
However, she found her true calling with tennis and started idolising Li Na, as well as Romanian Simona Halep, from an early age.
Her father Ian is still an important part of her team and will have a say on her coaching situation after the US Open.
However, because of covid restrictions and Emma’s unexpected journey in the tournament (her flight home was originally scheduled for a fortnight ago) her parents were unable to attend the US Open final to see their daughter’s incredible triumph.
Visits to Romania to see her grandmother
Amazingly, Emma had been balancing her tennis career with studying for her A levels during the past 12 months.
She even chose not to travel to lower-level tournaments abroad to sit exams in maths and economics at Newstead School.
Newstead, based in Orpington, London, tweeted to congratulate their tennis prodigy at this year’s Wimbledon. Emma also achieved her A-Levels!
Despite the hectic schedule, Emma still managed to find time to visit her grandmother in Romania, whom she loves spending time with.
She said: “My grandma, Mamiya, still lives in central Bucharest. I go back a couple times a year, stay with her, see her. It’s really nice. I love the food, to be honest. I mean, the food is unbelievable. And my grandma’s cooking is also something special. I do have ties to Bucharest.”
Her junior career
As a junior, Raducanu made the 2018 Wimbledon juniors quarter-finals where she came up against future French Open winner Iga Swiatek.
She also made the same stage at the US Open juniors.