British tennis star Emma Raducanu wins Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year

(Tennis news) Emma Raducanu has been named Sunday TImes Sportswoman of the Year following her US Open 2021 victory earlier this year. The 19 year old became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam singles title and the first British woman to do so since Virginia Wade in 1977. Raducanu made her second Grand Slam appearance at the US Open, reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon and becoming the youngest British woman to reach the last 16 in the Open era.

Raducanu won the Sportswoman of the Year award ahead of the likes of Emily Campbell (weightlifting), Kate French (modern pentathlon), Laura Kenny (cycling), Lauren Price (boxing), and Sarah Storey (cycling). The Young Sportswoman of the Year was awarded to 21 year old Bethany Shriever who crowdfunded her trip to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, winning the gold medal for Great Britain in the BMX racing final.

Jonathan Licht, Managing Director of Sky Sports said: "It is more important than ever post-pandemic to celebrate the progress and phenomenal achievements in women's sport. We have seen some astonishing moments throughout the year, not just in women's sport but the contribution of these nominees to sport in general, from the success of The Hundred to the extraordinary story of Emma Raducanu that moved the nation. Sky Sports is pleased to play a part in the celebration of these incredible women."

Rebecca Myers, Sunday Times journalist and lead reporter for the Sportswomen of the Year awards, said: "Congratulations to all our winners in what has been a groundbreaking year for women's sport. Our very worthy Sportswoman of the Year for 2021, Emma Raducanu, made history at the US Open and inspired so many young girls and women back home with her success. These awards also recognise that sport and exercise is important for the physical and mental health of millions of women and we congratulate our grassroots winner Clova Court for her work in this area, as well as Dr Emma Ross, our inaugural winner in the Changemaker category, for using her platform to make sport better for everyone."

Cyclists Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald were the other award winners (Team of the Year) while jockey Rachael Blackmore, 32 was awarded the Editor's Choice award for being the first female jockey to win the first female jockey to win the Grand National on Minella Times.

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