Emma Raducanu awarded MBE in New Year’s Honours following incredible US Open win

British tennis sensation Emma Raducanu has been included on the New Year’s Honours list and awarded an MBE, following her incredible US Open victory at Flushing Meadows in September.

Raducanu became an overnight star following her victory in the final, as she defeated Canadian – and fellow teenager – Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 to become champion at just 18 years old.

The youngster also became the first ever qualifier to secure a Grand Slam title, and failed to drop a set throughout the whole tournament on the way to her historic victory.

Three months on from her record-breaking win, Raducanu’s excellence was then recognised as she won the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award, seeing off the likes of Tom Daley and Tyson Fury.

Again Raducanu’s win made even more sporting history, as she became the first female athlete to win the prize since Zara Phillips in 2006.

And the accolades for her historic breakthrough campaign have not stopped there, as she will now begin 2022 by being awarded an MBE alongside some of sport’s biggest names.

Alongside Raducanu, 78 Olympians and Paralympians have been recognised for their efforts to sport and are also included on the list, including married couple Jason and Laura Kenny who will receive a knighthood and damehood respectively.

Team GB’s stars of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Tom Daley and Adam Peaty have been rewarded for their gold medals at this summer’s games with an OBE.

As well as this Daley’s diving partner from Tokyo Matty Lee has also been recognised, as he joins Raducanu on this year’s MBE list.

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Raducanu is currently in the Middle East as she goes through her preparations for next month’s Australian Open, which will kick start yet another important year for her on the court.

Prior to her prep in Abu Dhabi, the teenager was able to squeeze a well-earned break into her busy schedule following the end of a hectic 2021 campaign.

Following the ending of her season the 19-year-old took to social media to thank her team and fans for all the support they had shown throughout her record-breaking season.

On Instagram she wrote: “I want to say thank you & that I am extremely grateful for your generous support.

"I’ve learnt many things at a fast pace on this incredible journey but all I can say is that I am very excited and motivated for my next steps.

"I feel I can put in great work together with my team, with patience I believe we’ll get there.

"Huge thanks and big appreciation to my team & people who have supported me! This wouldn’t have been possible without you. Love Emma”

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