SPOTY Betting: Brilliant Raducanu new favourite after reaching US Open final

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Tom Daley has been disposed at the head of the SPOTY winner market

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year award has a new favourite after Emma Raducanu's stunning run at the US Open. Mike Norman has the details...

"Incredibly, the US Open is just the forth tour-level event of Raducanu's career, and one of her previous ones was Wimbledon, where she burst onto the scene by reaching the last 16."

Teenage tennis sensation Emma Raducanu is now available to back at just 2.01/1 to win this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year award following yet another dominant display in winning her US Open semi-final in the early hours of Friday morning.

Eighteen-year-old Raducanu, a qualifier at Flushing Meadows, produced arguably her best performance yet in beating Greek 17th seed Maria Sakkari 6-1 6-4, meaning she has now won all nine matches in New York without dropping a single set.

She is the first qualifier in ladies tennis to reach a Grand Slam final and she is the first British woman to reach a major final in 44 years.

Raducanu odds-on to beat Fernandez

Having been matched at a high of 500.0499/1 in the US Open Winner market Raducanu is now odds-on at 1.695/7 to lift the trophy in Saturday night's final where she will face another teenage sensation, Canadian Leylah Fernandez.

Incredibly, the US Open is just the forth tour-level event of Raducanu's career, and one of her previous ones was Wimbledon, where she burst onto the scene by reaching the last 16.

She is now on the verge of climbing into the world's top 30 having been ranked 336th in the world at the start of the summer.

Can anyone stop her winning SPOTY?

Win or lose in the US Open final it's hard to imagine Raducanu not being a major contender to win this year's SPOTY award.

The British public have warmed to her massively, she plays the game with a huge smile on her face, and she seems unfazed by the level of success she is achieving. Beat Fernandez on Saturday night, and with all the media attention she will gain, it's impossible not to see Raducanu trading at odds-on to win SPOTY.

Her nearest rival in the market, Tom Daley, is holding firm at around the 2.89/5 mark, though he himself was trading at 2.26/5 after the British diver won Olympic gold in Tokyo during the summer.

Two incredibly likeable people, both deserving of the award, but it will surely be Raducanu's name on everyone's lips if she achieves what seemed unthinkable just a few weeks ago and becomes the first British women to win a Grand Slam tournament since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.

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