Brit tennis star Emma Raducanu shares motocross memories

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British teenage tennis sensation Emma Raducanu shocked the sporting world by winning the US Open on Saturday 11 September, but many of the millions watching her make history may not have known that she used to be a budding motocross racer.

The 18-year-old was the first British woman to win a Grand Slam title since Virginia Wade in 1977 and she became the first ever qualifier to win a Major – one of the four main global tennis tournaments.

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But Bromley-based Emma, who was sitting her A-levels just three months ago, used to tear around on a Kawasaki crosser when she was ten years old.

The Motorsport-mad tennis star posted the above pictures of her riding on Instagram with the caption: “The good days, riding my baby Kawa.”

But she stopped racing bikes and karts, another of her passions, to concentrate on tennis once it became obvious where her true talents lay. Not a bad shout considering she rocketed from 150 in the world rankings to 23 and earned £1.8m after her incredible win at the packed New York stadium!