Emma Raducanu set for remarkable rise from No 150 to No 23 in the WTA rankings after the 18-year-old Brit’s astonishing US Open saw her take the title at Flushing Meadows
- Raducanu beat Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 in the women’s singles on Saturday
- The teenage qualifier won without dropping a single set in the whole tournament
- And Raducanu is set to cap a wonderful week with a stratospheric rankings rise
Emma Raducanu will rise from No 150 to No 23 in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings after a remarkable against-the-odds US Open victory.
The teenager beat 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 in the singles to become the first British woman to win a grand slam in 44 years after Virginia Wade’s Wimbledon title in 1977.
Raducanu, 18, who had to go through three rounds of qualifying to even make it to the Flushing Meadows tournament, will now see her triumph capped off with recognition in the rankings, the official US Open Twitter account revealed.
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
Their post read: ‘Emma Raducanu will rise from No. 150 to No. 23 in Monday’s @WTA rankings.
The account also confirmed Fernandez will rise from No 66 to No 28 after a gutsy performance in front of a partisan home crowd.
Raducanu made waves earlier this summer, the then-No 338 making it to the fourth round at her home tournament, Wimbledon.
Both Raducanu and final opponent Leylah Fernandez (left) will be rewarded with rankings rises
That eye-catching run 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.
She also performed that stunning feat without dropping a single set across the entire competition, a barely creditable achievement for the 2002-born star.
Raducanu beat Bibiane Schoofs, Mariam Bolkvadze and Mayar Sherif in qualifying before overcoming Stefanie Vogele, Zhang Shuai, Sara Sorribes Tormo, Shelby Rogers, Belinda Bencic, Maria Sakkari and Fernandez to seal the £1.8million prize.