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