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One of Emma Raducanu’s first media acts after winning the US Open on Saturday was to record a short video in fluent Chinese on Sina Weibo for her fans in China. She thanked them for their support – and soon the hashtag “18 year-old Chinese teenager wins the US Open” had been viewed more than 200 million times on the social media platform (Raducanu is British, having lived in the UK since she was two, but her mother is from China and her father is from Romania).

“I think confidence comes from just inner belief. My mom comes from a Chinese background, they have a very good self-belief,” she told the British edition of Vogue. She later added of her mother, “For me having a Chinese mom definitely instilled from a young age hard work, discipline.”

Shenyang, in northeastern China, is the hometown of Emma Raducanu’s mother. As a result it has been in the news too since Raducanu won her first tennis grand slam in New York on Saturday aged just 18. Over the years the new champion has been a regular visitor to the capital of Liaoning province to practice at the Shenyang Institute of Physical Education. She has even honed her hand-eye coordination playing table tennis there.

In China netizens have even nicknamed her ‘Dongbei girl’ after the region in China where Shenyang is. Here’s our five-minute guide to Shenyang for those who’ve never been. Click here to read and see photos of Raducanu in the city.



 
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