Sunday Sports Wrap: Who fancies a bit of early morning R & R?

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In an action packed day of sport on Saturday, two names stole the headlines. Mike Norman explains why we're all enjoying a bit of R & R this Sunday morning...

"It was truly an amazing performance from Raducanu during the three weeks of competition in New York as she rewarded those who backed her at all prices up to 500.0499/1 on the Exchange in the US Open winner betting."

Well, we don't normally do a Sunday morning sports wrap, but I'm pretty sure that after the stunning events of Saturday we're all in the mood for some R & R right now... Raducanu and Ronaldo.

Emma strolls to US Open victory

True, the final itself was far from a stroll for Emma Raducanu, in fact it was one of the best singles finals I've ever witnessed in terms of quality and ball striking.

But in beating Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 in a high quality final the 18-year-old ended Britain's 44-year wait for a women's Grand Slam singles champion. And in doing so she became the first person in the women's game to come through qualifying all the way to becoming champion. And she did so without dropping a single set!

It was truly an amazing performance from Raducanu during the three weeks of competition in New York as she rewarded those who backed her at all prices up to 500.0499/1 on the Exchange in the US Open winner betting.

I wrote on Friday that Raducanu had moved to the head of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner market, and I privately said to a few colleagues that odds of 2.01/1 looked a bit of a gift. Before she'd even stepped foot on the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday night those odds had collapsed to around 1.68/13.

It will come as little surprise that Raducanu is now trading at just 1.111/9 to win SPOTY with her main market rival Tom Daley - matched at a low of 2.26/5 - now out to 16.015/1.

Raducanu - who burst onto the scent by reaching the last 16 at Wimbledon earlier this year - is now just an 11/1 shot to triumph at SW19 next summer.

Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said: "After making history in the US Open, Emma Raducanu now looks set to add the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award to her trophy collection, with Betfair's odds of 1/12 suggesting it's all but certain she'll pick up the SPOTY gong later this year.

"Raducanu's pre-tournament odds of 499/1 underline her incredible achievement and British tennis' new star will head to Wimbledon next year amongst the favourites at 10/1."

Ronaldo hits the ground running

Did we ever doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo would steal the headlines at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon?

CR7 was always going to be the focus of attention against Newcastle, but his Man of the Match performance, in which he scored two goals on his second Manchester United debut, perhaps silenced the few doubters who believe the 36-year-old is over the hill.


Ronaldo's movement against the Magpies was exceptional, and his intelligence and experience was there for all to see as United ran out 4-1 winners.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are available to back at 7.87/1 to win the Premier League title this season while Ronaldo has already shortened from a high of 9.89/1 to the new 3.711/4 favourite to become the league's Top Goalscorer.

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