Emma Raducanu: ranking, Met Gala appearance and everything else you need to know

Get to know Emma Raducanu, the teen tennis star and US Open champ everyone is rooting for

Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada during their Women's Singles final match on Day Thirteen of the 2021 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City, Emma Raducanu ranking
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Have you heard about the new tennis superstar? Meet Emma Raducanu: rankings, statistics and her bright future in the sport are hot topics of conversation after her incredible win at the US Open 2021. One thing's for sure—the 18-year-old is just getting started.

Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez went head-to-head during the US Open women's tennis final, with the former ultimately taking home the top spot. In the process, Raducanu made history as the first qualifier to do so. 

In addition to this impressive feat, she is the first British woman to earn the Grand Slam title in more than 40 years and the youngest winner since Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004.

There's a lot to learn about this teen sensation, so let's dive in!

Emma Raducanu ranking: is she number one?

Following her success in Flushing, Queens, Raducanu is now considered one of the top 50 tennis players in the world and the new British women's number one. This is certainly impressive considering she just finished high school and originally ranked 338. 

Earlier this year at Wimbledon 2021, Raducanu was the youngest British woman to make the last 16 after only making it into the tournament as a wildcard entry. It's safe to say she's just getting better!

She especially enjoyed taking a look at her huge Nike ad in Times Square following her US Open success. Have a look below at her adorable Instagram post below!

Emma Raducanu: Met Gala appearance

Raducanu has made excellent use of her time in New York. Although she originally revealed that she booked a ticket back home before the end of the US Open, as she didn't think she would make it as far in the competition as she did, she ended up staying past the event itself and even got a chance to hit the Met Gala 2021 whilst wearing Chanel. 

"Hi British Vogue, I'm Emma Raducanu and I'm on my way to the Met Gala. I'm so excited. Bye!" she said on Instagram stories. 

ily-Rose Depp, Whitney Peak, Margaret Qualley, Kristen Stewart and Emma Raducanu attend The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City.

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Where is Emma Raducanu from?

Raducanu is truly a citizen of the world: she was born in Toronto, Canada, to a Chinese mother, Renee, and Romanian father, Ian. When she was two years old, the family moved to the UK. Now, she is a global superstar with extra love from Great Britain. Even the Duchess of Cambridge is taking note of the athlete's success and wishing her well! Oh, and the Queen herself had a few congratulatory remarks for the 18-year-old. (Casual!)

“I send my congratulations to you on your success in winning the United States Open Tennis Championships,” Queen Elizabeth II said via a statement on her website. “It is a remarkable achievement at such a young age and is a testament to your hard work and dedication. I have no doubt your outstanding performance, and that of your opponent Leylah Fernandez, will inspire the next generation of tennis players.  I send my warmest good wishes to you and your many supporters.”

Her response to the good wishes has been nothing short of adorable and gracious. 

“It meant everything to get a message from Her Majesty,” Raducanu revealed to the BBC. “She’s such a great inspiration and role model for the whole country so to have a note from her…I was extremely honored and very, very grateful that she took notice of my tennis. I can’t believe it. I’m maybe going to frame that letter or something.”

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Emma Raucanu: mother, father and cultural beliefs 

In an interview with Vogue, the young athlete said, “My mum comes from a Chinese background, they have very good self-belief. It’s [...] about believing it within yourself. I really respect that about the culture.”

Although her family wasn't able to secure Visas to see her play abroad, they were very happy cheering her on from the sidelines back home. She credits her strict, "hard to please" parents as the reason for her success.

Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon

During her quarter-finals Wimbledon appearance, Raducanu suffered a panic attack and had to withdraw, adding her to the list of athletes who chose to prioritize their mental health this year. Despite the slight upset, she went on to not only prioritize what works well for her, but she managed to reach the top.

We love her vulnerability, kind demeanor and passion for the sport. We can't wait to see what's in store next!

Danielle Valente
Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.