mandag 13. september 2021

Raducanu: US Open champion celebrated in China for her heritage

Social media users in China are celebrating British tennis star Emma Raducanu - not just for her historic US Open win, but her Chinese heritage. Raducanu was born in Canada to a Romanian father and Chinese mother, before moving to London aged two. Many on Chinese site Weibo praised the 18-year-old, calling her a "Dongbei girl" - a reference to her mother's ancestral home. A video of her thanking her fans in Mandarin also went viral.

"She speaks just like a 'Dong Bei (north-east Chinese) girl'. How amazing!" a Weibo comment read. Raducanu has previously spoken openly about her mixed heritage in previous interviews, something Chinese netizens have taken pride in. "She said she visits China regularly, and that one of her idols is Li Na. I'm so moved," a Weibo user wrote, referencing a celebrated former Chinese tennis player. Others likened her in looks to a Taiwanese pop star. "We must support the Rainie Yang of the tennis court," another person said.