Emma Raducanu US Open 2021

Andy Murray thinks Emma Raducanu ‘deserves to win’ prestigious British Award

Andy Murray believes Emma Raducanu “created one of the biggest global sporting moments of the year” when she won the US Open and deserves to win this distinguished BBC award.

British sensation Raducanu shocked the world when she became the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam title when she won the US Open at just 18 years old.

She achieved such a feat without dropping a single set against some of the world’s best in World number six Maria Sakkari and Swiss Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic.

As a result of her monumental breakthrough season, Raducanu finished the season ranked 19th in the world as well as winning the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Newcomer of the Year and the BT Action Woman of the Year awards.

19-year-old starlet Raducanu also received a nomination for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Award alongside some of Britain’s finest sportspeople.

Some of Raducanu’s fellow nominees include world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, Manchester City and England footballer Raheem Sterling and Olympic diver Tom Daley.

In a press conference after beating Rafael Nadal at the Abu Dhabi exhibition, three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray emphasised the extent and weight of Raducanu’s historic achievement and feels she deserves to win the award.

Murray has won the reputable BBC award three times, as well as winning the junior award once.

The fellow Brit said “I don’t think anyone will be too surprised if that is the outcome (if Raducanu wins). She created one of the biggest global sporting moments of the year.

“I think she deserves to win. Anytime I won, I always got accused of having no personality. She certainly has a fantastic personality. I hope she wins. Good luck to her.”

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