19-year-old Emma Raducanu was born in Ontario, Canada on 13 November 2002 to Ian and Renee Raducanu, Romanian and Chinese academic finance professionals who relocated to London when Emma was two years old. She has experienced years of remarkable tennis and is currently Britain’s number one player, having reached a number 19 ranking by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). Base line player Raducanu is the reigning US Open Champion, as well as the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Virginia Wade’s Wimbledon victory in 1977.
Emma started playing tennis at the age of five and turned professional in 2018. She alternated between junior and professional tournaments during 2018 and 2019 and made her WTA main-draw debut in mid-2021, while being ranked world #338. She earned a main-draw wildcard to participate in Wimbledon, where she reached the fourth round to become at 18 years and 239 days old, the youngest British woman to reach the last 16 in the Open Era; this victory guaranteed her entry to the world’s top 200. Two months later at the US Open Raducanu became the first singles qualifier in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title, after incredible wins in all ten matches without dropping a single set which culminated in her beating Leylah Fernandez, another young player, 6-4 and 6-3 in the final at Flushing Meadows. In November Raducanu was named The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year.
These amazing results qualify Emma in no uncertain terms to be named as BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2021; however, there are many other contenders for this prestigious award.
Another favourite for the BBC Sports personality of the year 2021 is Tom Daley in the wake of winning the synchronised 10m platform diving event at Tokyo 2020 with his diving partner Matty Lee. His popularity was enhanced by his talent for knitting while he watched the other competitors. Other contenders, including some Olympians, now seem to be outsiders after Raducanu’s empiric rise to stardom; these include Lewis Hamilton (last year’s winner), Adam Peaty (swimming), Jason Kenny (cycling), Laura Kenny (cycling) and Raheem Sterling (football).
This is an invitation for sports bettors to start working on the odds for the 2021 BBC Sports Personality of the Year which will take place on December 12 at the P&J Live Arena, Aberdeen. Good luck and may the best person win!
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