By Jennifer Roback
Earlier this year, Emma Raducana, 19, shocked the sports nation after she became the first British women in 44 years to win a Grand Slam title. Now, she has added another accolade to her portfolio after becoming the first women in 15 years to win BBC Sports' Personality of the Year award.
"I'm really happy with this," Raducana said. "I've watched Sports Personality of the Year growing up and it's an honor to be among those past winners."
On December 19, 2021, Raducanu, was awarded the title after beating out diver Tom Daley, swimmer Adam Peaty, boxer Tyson Fury, Para-cyclist Sarah Storey, and soccer player Raheem Sterling. The last female to win the award was equestrian Zara Phillips in 2006.
"It's such an honor just to be amongst these nominees. To win is pretty amazing," Raducanu added. "The energy this year playing at Wimbledon in front of my home crowd - that was something I've never felt before."
At this time, Raducanu is ranked No. 19 by the Women's Tennis Association and is the current British No. 1. She is also only the third WTA player to win the award in its 67-year history.
Following her historic win, Raducanu announced a new partnership with British Airways, becoming their newest brand ambassador.
"Thrilled to join the @british_airways family as a global brand ambassador," Raducanu wrote on Instagram. "The airline has already been part of a special time for me, flying me home from the US Open. I look forward to working with the iconic British brand on some exciting projects!"