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Is Emma Raducanu British?

She was born in Toronto The 18-year-old grew up in Britain but is clearly proud of her multicultural roots. According to BBC Sport, she is “quite capable” of speaking Mandarin and watches Taiwanese TV. She is said to speak Mandarin with her mother at home and visits her family in Bucharest a few times a year. Evening StandardEmma Raducanu: 10 things you didn’t know about the new British tennis icon

What nationality is Emma Raducanu parents?

Raducanu's parents - Romanian father Ian and Chinese mother Renee - were not able to watch their daughter's triumphant win in person as they could not secure the visas they needed to fly to New York. Sky NewsEmma Raducanu makes parents 'proud' with US Open win: 'They're my toughest critics'

What is Emma Raducanu's heritage?

Raducanu, 18, went from qualifier to champion after she won the women's singles final at the U.S. Open in New York on Saturday. Born in Canada to a Chinese mother and Romanian father, she beat Canada's Leylah Fernandez, 19, who is Filipina and Ecuadorian. NBC NewsEmma Raducanu thanks fans in Mandarin, shows pride in heritage

Annabel Croft: Emma Raducanu was 'born to be a champion'

Daily Mail 14 September, 2021 - 06:30am

Emma Raducanu’s Grand Slam win told the story of a prodigy

The Indian Express 13 September, 2021 - 11:56pm

Crunching down-the-line backhands and smacking deep forehands cross-court saw Emma Raducanu keep it all crisp in her breakout Grand Slam title victory at the US Open. Even by women’s tennis’ non-jaded standards, where 20 different players have become Slam champs in the last 10 years, the all-teen final featuring 18-year-old Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez, 19, at Flushing Meadows, seemed to speak of dewey spring in the autumn tournament. Raducanu, with her backstory of immigrant upbringing in the United Kingdom, while being born in Canada to Romanian and Chinese parents, made it a persuasive watch. In an Olympic year, the history-making champion — British Virginia Wade last won a Slam in 1977 — is expected to edge out Tom Daley of August Tokyo Olympic vintage for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year honours.

Raducanu’s story is different from so many other teenage prodigies. Call it the immigrant’s enterprise or the genius of the young woman, Emma aces academics with straight-A’s and could’ve taken her pick from among swimming, golf or table tennis. Tales continue to trickle out about her unwavering focus in training through the pandemic, on streets outside her home and at the neighbourhood tennis club.

Women’s tennis doesn’t recreate the Big Four aura of the men’s game. With no one dominating, it tends to lean back and observe how many waves the likes of Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, and most recently Naomi Osaka and Ashleigh Barty, can ride. Time will tell if Raducanu can hold aloft a few, or many, trophies and string together consistent seasons. There’s the additional challenge to live up to British expectations, which are never tempered, nor proportional, and Sweet Caroline is a fluttering hope away.

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