• September 24, 2021

Exclusive: Emma Raducanu could pocket £3m in prize money if victorious in US Open final against Leylah Fernandez but will take home seven-figure sum regardless

 Exclusive: Emma Raducanu could pocket £3m in prize money if victorious in US Open final against Leylah Fernandez but will take home seven-figure sum regardless


Emma Raducanu has seen her reputation in the world of tennis skyrocket during the last couple of weeks following her performances at the US Open.

She’ll be delighted to know her bank balance is set to follow suit.

Raducanu is on the brink of sporting history

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Raducanu is on the brink of sporting history

The 18-year-old had to overcome three tricky qualifying matches before even reaching the main draw at Flushing Meadows, but since reaching round one she has rarely looked back.

Raducanu is yet to drop a single set in this year’s US Open, a remarkable achievement given the six difficult contests that she’s encountered on her way to the final.

However, with each round won her personal prize pot has grown significantly according to the US Open website.

Raducanu’s first round victory over Stephanie Vogele saw her pocket $75k (£54k), while the second round win over Zhang Shuai added $115k (£83k) to her prize pool.

She earned $180k (£130k) for her third round win over Sarah Sorribes Tormo, before adding another $265k (£191k) for beating Shelly Rogers in the round of 16.

Raducanu is starring in the US Open after reaching her first grand slam final

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Raducanu is starring in the US Open after reaching her first grand slam final

The 18-year-old’s prize fund kicked up another gear in the quarter-finals as she earned $425k (£307k) for beating Belinda Bencic, before earning an impressive $675k (£487k) for defeating Maria Sakkari in the semi-finals.

As a result Raducanu has pocketed $1.74m (£1.25m) so far during the US Open, an impressive total considering her career-to-date total before heading to Flushing Meadows was $303k (£219k).

A big prize awaits the British starlet in the next round as she has the chance to earn some serious money in the final.

Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez will face off in the US Open final

Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez will face off in the US Open final

The winner of her contest with Leylah Fernandez in the US Open final will win $2.5m (£1.8m) taking her total prize pot to $4.2m (£3m) for the competition If she comes out on top.

If Raducanu finishes as runner up she’ll still be doing alright, with $1.25m (£900k) awarded to the competition’s second place competitor, meaning she’s guaranteed to earn more than £2m in total from her spectacular run at Flushing Meadows.

Here is the breakdown of US Open prize money.

First round: Stephanie Vogele – 6-2, 6-3 (Prize money: $75,000)

Second round: Zhang Shuai – 6-2, 6-4 (Prize money: $115,000)

Third round: Sarah Sorribes Tormo – 6-0, 6-1 (Prize money: $180,000)

Round of 16: Shelby Rogers – 6-2, 6-1 (Prize money: $265,000)

Quarter-finals: Belinda Bencic – 6-3, 6-4 (Prize money: $425,000)

Semi-finals: Maria Sakkari – 6-1, 6-4 (Prize money: $675,000)

Final: Leylah Fernandez – TBC (Prize Money: Runner up, $1,250,000; Winner: $2,500,000)





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