“An absolute honour” – Emma Raducanu wins prestigious award
British US Open champion Emma Raducanu has ended her remarkable breakout season by winning the BT Sport Action Woman of the Year award.
The prestigious BT Sport Action Woman awards celebrate the achievements of inspiring British female athletes. There are both monthly and yearly awards presented to the sports-woman or female sports team who has been adjudged by the public to have enjoyed the best month or year.
This year, Raducanu won the award and staved off tough competition from the likes of Olympic cycling champion and the most successful British female athlete Laura Kenny, Olympic gold weightlifter Emily Campbell, horse rider Rachael Blackmore, 17-time Paralympic gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey and Paralympic champion Kadeena Cox.
19-year-old Raducanu impressively became the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam singles title when she won the US Open at just 18 years old. She achieved this feat without dropping a single set and became the first British woman to win the Slam since Virginia Wade back in 1977.
Raducanu also earned her first WTA tour-level victory in her father’s homeland of Romania at the Transylvania Open, where she reached the quarter-finals.
As a result of her incredible season, Raducanu became the British number one woman’s player and broke into the WTA’s top 20, finishing the season ranked 19th in the world.
In her virtual acceptance speech, Raducanu said “I just wanted to say a massive thank you for voting me as your Action Woman of the Year and I’d really like to congratulate all the other amazing nominees on their incredible achievements over the last 12 months.
“For me to win this achievement is an absolute honour, so I just wanted to say thank you and hope you’re all having a brilliant evening. I’ll see you soon.”
“For me to win is an absolute honour, I just want to say thank you!”
— BT Sport (@btsport) December 6, 2021
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