Her family moved to England when she was two years old.
So the success of this "British" teenage sensation is actually Canadian born to a Romanian father, and a Chinese mother. With her tennis idol being a Romanian in the form of Simona Halep and Chinese in the form of Li Na. Lol
Oh well, if the British are trying to claim her as one of their own. I supposed the Chinese Canadian community are entitled to do so as well. Well done, our Emma for winning her first major.
From Chinese north America network:
Chinese Canadian Emma Raducanu who was born in Toronto, Canada to a Chinese Canadian Mother and Romanian Canadian Father will compete in the upcoming US Open Finals against fellow Asian Canadian(Filipino/Ecuador heritage) tennis phenom Leylah Fernandez. Although Emma Raducanu moved from Canada to England at age 2 and now represents the UK, it is still nice to see an all-Canadian US Open Final ! And also technically a historically all-Asian US Open Final !!
has credited her Chinese and Romanian parentage with much of her drive and determination.
The family biography of the Toronto-born teenager with a Romanian father and Chinese mother who came to Britain when she was just two is now becoming increasingly familiar to the British public.
Less well known is the fact that until the Covid pandemic she travelled regularly to her mother’s home city of Shenyang, in northeast China, to visit relatives and train at a local sports institute away from the growing limelight in Britain.
Here, at the Shenyang Institute of Physical Education, she not only practised the strokes and court play that propelled her to Saturday’s final of the US Open, but also played table tennis with professional players in order to improve her reactions.
And while other aspiring British schoolgirls may have looked up to the likes of Virginia Wade, Laura Robson, Heather Watson and Johanna Konta,
"Even though Li Na has retired, I've watched lots of her matches on YouTube, because she was really aggressive," Raducanu said in July. "Her movement was what impressed me the most. She was so agile and quick－and very powerful. She wouldn't miss an opportunity to be aggressive."
Raducanu’s mother, Dong Mei Zhai, who is now known as Renee, grew up in Shenyang before moving to Toronto. She then moved with her husband, Ian, to Bromley, southeast London, when their daughter was two.
The 18-year-old first picked up a racket aged five, and after showing early promise at the Bromley Tennis Academy, earned a scholarship from the Lawn Tennis Association, allowing her to train while continuing her school work.
She has credited her Chinese and Romanian roots with