Emma Raducanu is bidding to make history by becoming the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam title when she takes on fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez in the US Open final later tonight
With Emma Raducanu gearing up for the biggest moment of her life, one of her former classmate’s parents has shared an amusing anecdote comparing the journeys they have both been on over the last three months.
Raducanu has enjoyed a sensational breakthrough on the biggest stage in tennis, having reached the second week of Wimbledon in her first ever Grand Slam in July.
But the British sensation has since gone onto achieve the unthinkable, reaching the US Open final having had to progress to the main draw as a qualifier.
The 18-year-old is bidding to become the first British woman since Virginia Wade back in 1997 to triumph at a Major – but standing in her way is fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez, who has enjoyed an astonishing run of her own at Flushing Meadows.
And ahead of the showpiece final, one of Raducanu’s former classmates’ parent has shared an amusing story of how their journeys have differed since the young tennis star’s stunning emergence.
Claire Hopkins, a surgeon and professor, hilariously wrote on Twitter ahead of tonight’s final: “3 months ago my daughter and Emma Radacanu were in the same maths class.
“Since collecting their A level results one has broken all records and is set to win the US open.
“The other has broken her wrist whilst crowdsurfing at a festival. It’s a proud parenting moment.”
Raducanu has come a long way and she never would have dreamed to have gotten this far in such a short space of time, in just her second ever Grand Slam.
She has continued to defy the odds, and former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli certainly doesn’t believe Raducanu’s success is just a flash in the pan.
Bartoli has tipped both her, and Fernandez, to claim “multiple” Grand Slam titles in the future.
The 2013 Wimbledon champion told BBC Breakfast: “It’s going to be a lot more difficult for both of them because both of them see the opportunity – and obviously it’s a major one.
“But I think they have to look at the bigger picture because they’re going to be both established to go on and win multiple grand slams.
“It’s not going to stop right after this final, it just really starts. Of course it’s going to be more difficult because they are the same age, same generation, about roughly the same ranking and for both of them, it’s such a big day, so they don’t want to miss a big opportunity.
“But no matter what happens, it’s only the start for both of them, definitely only the start. It’s not going to be the only time they are going play a grand slam final, so they have to look at the bigger picture.”