Emma Raducanu, US Open winner, finds new fans in China


The British tennis participant defeated Canadian Leylah Fernandez in a straight-sets victory on Saturday, changing into the youngest grand slam winner since Maria Sharapova received Wimbledon in 2004.

Raducanu, who was born in Canada to a Chinese mom and a Romanian father, spoke about her Chinese background in an interview earlier than the ultimate. “Having a Chinese mom, she definitely instilled from a young age hard work, discipline,” she said.

She added that she took inspiration from now-retired Chinese tennis participant Li Na, the previous World No. 2, and “just the way she was such a fierce competitor.”

And following her victory on Sunday, she addressed her followers in Mandarin. “Hello everyone, I’d like to say thank you,” she stated. “I hope you liked watching my tennis. I’m very, very happy right now … Thank you, I love you!”

She instantly received over new followers in China, who praised her efficiency on the courtroom in addition to her pleasure in her heritage. Many additionally praised her Mandarin message, delighting in her “cute” northeastern accent — her mom is initially from town of Shenyang, in northeastern Liaoning province.

“Her grandma in Shenyang must be proud of her, and we people in Shenyang are also proud of her,” stated one person on the Chinese platform Weibo.

Her victory trended on Weibo; one hashtag, “18-year-old ethnic Chinese young player wins US open championship,” has been seen greater than 200 million instances, whereas the video of her Mandarin message has been seen greater than one million instances.

British player Emma Raducanu lies on the court after defeating Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, on September 11 in New York.
Chinese official media additionally celebrated her win and highlighted her Chinese roots. State-run tabloid Global Times reported that Raducanu was “very interested in Chinese culture,” and that she visited Shenyang typically to see her grandmother and different relations. State media famous that the younger star additionally performs desk tennis, and would typically apply at a neighborhood Shenyang desk tennis gymnasium whereas visiting.
“My mom’s side of the family, when I go over to China, they are so mentally resilient,” stated Raducanu in a earlier interview, in accordance to state-owned China Daily. “It’s like nothing can bring them down. I would say I take a big part of my inspiration from her.”
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Tennis has boomed in reputation in China previously decade, in no small half on account of Li Na’s success on the world stage. Li’s victory on the 2011 French Open was watched by 116 million tv viewers in China alone, boosting the event of the sport on the planet’s most populous nation. The Women’s Tennis Association hosted 9 occasions in China in 2019, up from two in 2008.

By 2014, China had invested lots of of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} to launch the Wuhan Open, a tennis event held in Li’s hometown. Li’s victory was “the new frontier for tennis in China, a new era,” stated Fabrice Chouquet, co-tournament director of the Wuhan Open, in 2016.

Now, Raducanu’s spectacular win might encourage a brand new era of Chinese tennis gamers.

“I will show this video to my daughter, hoping (Emma) can be her idol,” one person commented below Raducanu’s post-match interview, which has garnered hundreds of thousands of views on Weibo.

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