26 Nov

British tennis sensation Emma Raducanu, 19, named The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year

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British tennis sensation Emma Raducanu has been named The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year.

Raducanu, who celebrated her 19th birthday earlier this month,made history earlier this year by becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam when she triumphed at the US Open in September.

She navigated the qualifying rounds in New York to storm all the way to the final, where she defeated Canada's Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 to win her first Grand Slam title, as well as 1.8million in prize money.

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The first British woman in 44 years to win a Grand Slam singles title, she did not drop a set during the tournament.

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Jonathan Licht, MD 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.'

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Weightlifter Emily Campbell, modernpentathlete Kate French, cyclists Laura Kenny, andSarah Storey and boxer Lauren Price were also nominated for the award.

Previous winners include Dina Asher-Smith, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Elise Christie, Sally Gunnell, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Denise Lewis, Dame Kelly Holmes, Zara Tindall, Victoria Pendleton, Christine Ohuruogu and Laura Kenny.

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