Britain’s new tennis superstar Emma Raducanu used to …

If you woke up this morning surprised to see the headline ‘Emma Raducanu through to the US Open semi-final’ then chances are the headline above here is even more surprising.

Yes, Britain’s newest and most exciting tennis – née sporting – superstar was actually on a path to motorsport stardom instead before she changed tact to focus on the sport that has made her a household name in barely a few days.

It’s been a remarkable couple of months for the 18-year old, who after some impressive junior performances was given her big break with an entry into the Wimbledon main draw, where she subsequently powered onto the front page of the papers with a shock run to the fourth round.

However, she has gone above and beyond at the very next Grand Slam in New York, winning three qualifying matches to reach the main draw before surging into the semi-finals and swatting aside 17th seed Maria Sakaari and become only the fourth British woman to reach a Grand Slam final.

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