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'I've still got a lot of work to do,' says Emma Raducanu as she scoops Laureus award


British number one Emma Raducanu has won yet another award, taking Breakthrough of the Year at the prestigious 2022 Laureus Sports Awards.

The 19-year-old has had an exceptional year, bursting onto the Grand Slam tennis scene by reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon in her debut, and then winning a historic US Open title in September 2021.

In doing so she became the first tennis player in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title as a qualifier, winning ten matches and twenty consecutive sets on the way. She also holds the record for the fewest majors played before winning a title.

Raducanu's impressive early success resulted in her being awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours list as well as winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year and Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year.

Now the British teenager is celebrating another successful week, picking up the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Award and reaching a career-high WTA ranking of world number 11.

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And Raducanu is in good company, as all other previous tennis winners of the same award,  Marat Safin, Rafael Nadal, Amelie Mauresmo, Andy Murray and Naomi Osaka have gone on to reach the world number one spot as well as winning multiple majors.

"It means so much to receive this award and I really want to congratulate my other nominees," said Raducanu on winning the award.

"I feel like it's been a really great year for me but I've still got a lot of work to do,” she said.

Two other tennis players were nominated at the Laureus Awards, Novak Djokovic was in the running for Sportsman of the Year, while Daniil Medvedev was beaten to the Breakthrough of the Year award by Raducanu.

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