Emma Raducanu sums up 2021 with two pictures as she declares herself ‘excited and motivated for next steps’

Emma Raducanu with the US Open trophy

Emma Raducanu has thanked her team and fans for being part of her “incredible journey” in 2021, adding that she is “excited and motivated” about the future.

The 19-year-old has enjoyed a spectacular breakthrough campaign as she reached the fourth round on her Wimbledon main draw debut, but that was only the start as two months later she became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam, beating Leylah Fernandez in the US Open final.

What made her victory at Flushing Meadows even more remarkable was the fact that she won all 10 her matches in straight sets. That title and points propelled her into the top 20 of the WTA Rankings and, after winning two matches at the Transylvania Open, she climbed into the top 20.

“Wow… that was some year 2 pics to sum up my 2021 seasonI want to say thank you & that I’m extremely grateful for your generous support,” Raducanu wrote on social media. “I’ve learnt many things at a fast pace on this incredible journey but all I can say is that I’m very excited & motivated for my next steps.

“I feel I can put in great work together with my team, with patience I believe we’ll get there.

“Huge thanks and big appreciation to my team & people who have supported me! This wouldn’t have been possible without you.”

The teenager is expected to finish her debut campaign at No 19 in the world while she will start her 2022 season with a new mentor after appointing Belgian Torben Beltz as her new coach.

Raducanu will also make her first appearance on court on British soil since her US Open victory at The Royal Albert Hall in London on November 28 as she will take on Elena-Gabriela Ruse in an exhibition match.