18-Year-Old English Tennis player Emma Raducanu has become the first British woman grand slam winner since Virginia Wade in 1977. She is now the youngest female grand slam winner after Maria Sharapova at the age of 17 in 2004.
Emma defeated a fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez with 6-4 6-3 in the final at the United States Open on 12th September. The country praised her and her opponent for giving a spectacular match. However, her victory also ignited a debate surrounding her ethnicity and achievements.
Emma Raducanu Receives Appraisal from The Queen
The Queen of England has also congratulated Emma and said that she and Leylah were an inspiration for the next generation of tennis stars.
London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was time to celebrate diversity in British. He referred to the time when it was hard for the legal immigrants to achieve as much as the locals. He implied that if immigrants were hard working and the systems helped them then they could also achieve greatness like others.
What is the Bar for Immigrants to Deserve Help?
Many folks questioned how some British entities who criticized immigrants were also congratulating Emma Raducanu. Journalist Mehdi Hasan pointed that immigrants did not need to achieve something great to be given any attention. He further said that many immigrants did not have any remarkable trophy to their name but would just want to live better lives legally.
Chinese and Romanian Background
Emma was born in Canada in 2002 to a Romanian father and a Chinese mother. Her family moved to the UK when she was only 2 years old and at the age of 5, she started playing tennis.
Emma Raducanu just made her WTA debut in 2021. She has won 8 consecutive matches before winning the US Open final. Her meteoric rise to stardom has been considered a fairy tale by many.