Emma Raducanu joins British tennis greats as she makes rankings breakthrough

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Emma Raducanu celebrates victory

US Open champion Emma Raducanu has been given a huge boost ahead of her final event of 2021 after it was confirmed she has broken into the top 20 of the WTA rankings for the first time.

Raducanu was ranked at No 338 ahead of her maiden Grand Slam appearance at Wimbledon last summer, with her run to the fourth round of that event propelling her up the rankings.

That was before she picked up 2000 ranking points for her historic win at the US Open, as she came through qualifying and won the title without dropping a set in any of her ten matches in New York.

Now her ranking has been given another boost after the latest WTA figures confirmed she has broken into the top 20 for the first time.

Even though Raducanu didn’t play an event last week, a dip in ranking for Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic has allowed Raducanu to climb one place and claim a spot in the elite list at the top of the women’s game.

She becomes just the fifth British woman ever to crack the WTA’s Top 20 rankings after Virginia Wade, Sue Barker, Jo Durie and Johanna Konta, with all of those players going on to reach the top five or better. 

Raducanu is back in action this week for her final event of 2021, as she plays in the WTA 250 event in Linz and she is relishing the challenge in Austria.

She arrived in Austria on Saturday accompanied only by her mother Renee and agent Chris Helliar, but it appears she, too, has made significant progress in appointing a successor to Andrew Richardson.

The 18-year-old said: “I’m here on my own, I’m being my own coach again this week, which I think is really good for me long term. I’m really feeling positive about my coaching situation, it’s in a good place. I’ll have a coach in place at the Australian Open.

“I had some trials and they went well. I’m really excited to get some good work done in pre-season and we’re going to have a really good time for sure. I think my game’s going to be moving in the right direction so I’m pretty excited for that.”

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