Emma Raducanu rises from No. 150 to No. 23 in the world rankings as the teenager jumps 127 places to become Britain’s No. 1 after her stunning US Open win
- Emma Raducanu has risen from World No. 150 to 23 after winning the US Open
- The 18-year-old is now Britain’s No. 1 after her stunning Grand Slam victory
- Won the qualifier without dropping a single set in the entire tournament
- She is the first British woman to win a Grand Slam in singles since Virginia Wade
Emma Raducanu’s world ranking has officially risen from number 150 to number 23 after her victory at the US Open on Saturday.
The qualifier defeated Canadian Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 to become the first British woman to win a Grand Slam in singles in 44 years after Virginia Wade’s 1977 Wimbledon title.
The 18-year-old, who did not lose a set, was number 150 before the tournament in Flushings Meadows, but has now moved up 127 places.
Emma Raducanu rises from No. 150 to No. 23 in the Women’s Tennis Association ranking
The 18-year-old Briton sensationally won the US Open on Saturday without dropping a set
The US Open confirmed that Raducanu would rise in the rankings following her win, with Fernandez also rising from number 66 to number 28.
Their official Twitter account posted: ‘Emma Raducanu rises from number 150 to number 23 in Monday’s @WTA ranking.
Raducanu was number 338 in the world rankings before progressing to the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.
Both Raducanu and final opponent Leylah Fernandez (left) have risen in the standings
Her run at Wimbledon helped her qualify for the US Open, where she became the first Open-era qualifier, of either sex, to reach and win a Major Singles final.
Raducanu defeated Bibiane Schoofs, Mariam Bolkvadze and Mayar Sherif in qualifying before beating Stefanie Vogele, Zhang Shuai, Sara Sorribes Tormo, Shelby Rogers, Belinda Bencic and Maria Sakkari for her win over Fernandez.
Raducanu walked away with £1.8m in prize money, but joked in her post-match interview that she only wanted to win enough to buy a new pair of Airpods.
“There’s a joke in my team because before my first round qualifier, I lost my Airpods,” she told ESPN.
Raducanu was number 338 in the world rankings before progressing to the Wimbledon quarter-finals
“I actually ran through the locker rooms three minutes before my call to find it, but I lost it and I thought to myself, you know what, if you win this match you can get yourself a pair of Airpods and that’s the running joke become!’
The headphones, made by Apple, cost around £109.
Raducanu is now tipped to earn up to £100million from sponsorship deals, is a favorite to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year and may even be honored by the Queen.
The teen already has lucrative deals with Nike for shoes and clothing, while her racket and equipment are supplied by Wilson.
These deals have already made her a fortune of £1million, but that figure will be dwarfed by her future earnings.