Born on November 13, 2022, Emma Raducanu is a British tennis player who famously became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam event at the 2021 US Open, defeating Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3.
Emma was born in Toronto, Canada, to her Chinese mother, Renee Zhai, and Romanian father, Ion Raducanu, so her ethnicity is mixed. She’s an only child, so she doesn’t have brothers or sisters, and in 2005 her family relocated to the UK when she was only two years old. Since she was born in Canada and grew up in the UK, she’s a Canadian and British citizen.
She first started playing tennis at five years old at the Bromley Tennis Center in her hometown of Bromley, a large town in Kent, England, on the southeast side of London. Emma attended Bickley Primary School in her hometown before being accepted to Newstead Wood School, a highly selective secondary school.
Emma’s tennis progressed quickly, and in 2015 she debuted in her first ITF tournament at 13 years old. She won the tournament, defeating Lauryn John-Baptiste 6-1, 6-4.
A few years later, in 2021, Emma debuted for the first time in the WTA at the Nottingham Open, where she received a wildcard entry. In June, despite a first-round loss, she received an even more prestigious wildcard for the Wimbledon Championships and advanced to the third round.
Not long after, Emma earned her way into the main draw of the 2021 US Open as a qualifier and proceeded to win the entire event without dropping a set, defeating world No. 11 Belinda Bencic in the quarterfinals, No. 18 Maria Sakkari in the semis, and Leylah Fernandez in the finals.