Before the year ends, Emma Raducanu reached another milestone of being named Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year. Raducanu is well-remembered for her dramatic winning at the US Open in New York.
She started with the ranking in 150, when she entered the WTA as a qualifier. But since her winning, she managed to bounce to World Number 19. Raducanu had defeated a lot of top players and managed to surpass Naomi Osaka’s earnings.
The world has been fascinated by Raducanu’s story, especially she’s the first Briton to have ever won the US Title after more than 50 years. The UK community celebrated her winning right the moment she steps foot in England.
After the US Open, Raducanu had been struggling to find a new coach to help her level up her performance. However, she suffered loss at the Indian Wells and Romanian Open, but she always noted that she is not going to put hard pressure on herself, since it’s just the beginning of her journey as a tennis player.
After she bid goodbye to her long-time coach, Andrew Richardson, she decided to be coached by Torben Belts, Angelique Kerber’s long-time coach.
Apart from Raducanu, Olympic gold medalist Bethany Shriever was awarded Young Sportswoman and Hannah Cockroft for the Disability Sportswoman Award after she won 2 Paralympic gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics. Other winners are Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald for the Team of the Year and Rachael Blackmore for the Editor’s Choice award.