Emma Raducanu becomes youngest female MBE of all-time

Emma Raducanu becomes youngest female MBE of all-time

British tennis superstar, Emma Raducanu has become the youngest female recipient of an MBE ever following her incredible US Open victory at Flushing Meadows in September. The then 18-year-old had burst onto the scene with a magnificent performance in the final, as she defeated Canadian – and fellow teenager – Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 to become champion at just 18 years old.

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

She also made even more sporting history; as she became the first female athlete to win the prize since Zara Phillips in 2006.

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However,  the accolades for her historic breakthrough campaign have not stopped; as she will now begin 2022 by being awarded an MBE alongside some 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.

Raducanu now the reigning US Open champion is also the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title; since Virginia Wade in the 1977 Wimbledon Championships.

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