Emma Raducanu: British teen wins US Open
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The 18-year-old, whose father is from Bucharest in Romania and mother is from Sheyang in China, won Saturday’s US Open final in straight sets 6-4 and 6-3. Throughout the competition, Raducana – who was born in Canada and moved to the UK when she was just two years old – has worn red, yellow and blue in what many perceive to be a nod to the Romanian flag.
The British tennis star is hugely proud of her heritage, with her Twitter bio saying: “london|toronto|shenyang|bucharest.”
And since her rapid rise sporting stardom this summer, the exceptional teen has been heralded as a shining light of British multiculturalism.
The newly crowned US Open champion was quick to show her love for Britain by tweeting an image of her holding the Union Flag in one hand and the trophy in the other, triumphantly declaring to her 450,000 followers: “We are taking her HOMEEE.”
The teenage champion, who was educated in Bromley, south-east London, started playing tennis when she was five and puts her success down to her parents.
Discussing her parents’ influence on her career earlier this week she said: “I think the calmness and the mental strength definitely comes from my upbringing.
“I think my parents have both instilled in me from a very young age to definitely have a positive attitude on court.
“When I was younger, it was definitely an absolute no-go if I had any sort of bad attitude.
“So from a young age, I definitely learned that and it’s followed me until now.”
And speaking last year, she said of her parents Ian and Renee: “They have been very tough on me as a kid.
“They have been pushy to an extent, not just in tennis but in everything. I think I’ve developed that mentality since a young age.
“My mum’s side of the family, when I go over to China, they are so mentally resilient. It’s like nothing can bring them down.
“I would say I take a big part of my inspiration from her. My mum has worked very hard.”
The young British star, who achieved an A in maths and an A* in economics in her A-levels this year, is also fluent in Mandarin thanks to her mum.
Speaking at Wimbledon earlier this year, Raducanu revealed she also has close links to her father’s homeland and she visits Romania every year.
She said: “My grandma, Mamiya, still lives in central Bucharest. I go back a couple times a year, stay with her, see her.
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“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 choice in outfit, which she wore in each of the US Open rounds, was praised by her fans on social media.
One wrote on Twitter: “Emma Raducanu is British and played for Britain. But she is also Romanian and wore the colours of Romania. Immigrants more than anyone else understand that borders are often just artificial lines drawn on a piece of paper. Or at least they should be.”
Another wrote: “In pairing her brilliant red and blue top (an off-the-shelf Nike product) with a yellow visor, US Open champion Emma Raducanu has expertly represented the colours of Romania (where her father was born), China (where her mother was born) and the UK in one kit.”
And another said: “Is it me or is Emma Raducanu wearing the colours of Romania, country of her father’s birth? Flag of Romania #USOpen”
She is also deeply proud of her English upbringing, and took to Instagram earlier this year – clad in an England football jersey – as she cheered on the Three Lions when they took on Denmark in the semi-final of Euro 2020.
Raducanu’s historic victory at the US Open has led to praise from royalty, other sports stars and celebrities.
The Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prime Minister Boris Johnson are among those who have congratulated her.
The teenager is the first qualifier to win a grand slam, and her victory comes just three months after she took her A-levels.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan hailed Raducanu’s multicultural background.
He tweeted: “Emma Raducanu’s story is London’s story. Born in Canada to Chinese and Romanian parents, she moved to London at two years old.
“Here in London, we embrace and celebrate our diversity. And if you work hard, and get a helping hand, you can achieve anything. #USOpen.”
Labour MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan added: “Emma Raducanu’s parents are Romanian and Chinese, she herself was born in Canada but she still proudly identifies as British- she’s just won the US Open.
“Remember this, being British can comprise a real mix. It’s why we must be an open and welcoming country.”
Judy Murray tweeted a picture of Raducanu as a youngster with Romanian tennis player Simona Halep.
She tweeted: “We should never underestimate the importance of female role models in sport and creating opportunities for young athletes to get close to them. Emma Raducanu’s dad is Romanian and here she is with Simona Halep.”
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