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British Grand Slam hopes in 2023: More to come from Emma Raducanu?

Emma Raducanu provided Britain with a much-needed Grand Slam triumph when she lifted the US Open title at the end of the 2021 season and there are a number of home hopes bidding to follow in her footsteps.

Raducanu's Flushing Meadows heroics were relatively unexpected as she not only ended Britain's 44-year wait for a women's Grand Slam singles champion, but she did so as a mere 19-year-old.

As well as becoming the youngest Briton to land a Grand Slam title, Raducanu also became the first qualifier in the Open era to win a Major, taking home £1.8million in prize money and rising to 23rd in the world rankings.

After a poor campaign last season, Raducanu will be out to show there was no fluke about her headline success, while there are also some male candidates for Grand Slam glory, with Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans and Jack Draper all having high hopes.

Andy Murray is a three-time Grand Slam winner and, while the Scot has shown some signs of resurgence, the 35-year-old's best days are now behind him.

Don't write off Raducanu

Last season was a disappointing one for Emma Raducanu as she failed to live up to the hype from the campaign before, failing to go beyond the second round in any of her four Grand Slam appearances.

But you can't fluke your way to a Grand Slam success without being extremely talented and the 20-year-old still has plenty of time on her side.

Raducanu has slipped back down to 78th in the world rankings, having been at a career-high ten, but that may relieve some of the pressure placed on her shoulders.

The Canadian-born star has been plagued by injuries and her constant switching of coaches hasn't helped her cause.

However, Raducanu has appointed Sebastian Sachs ahead of the 2023 season - the former German player is her fifth coach in under two years - and finding a permanent fix could see her rediscover some consistency.

The women's British number one is 33/1 to kickstart the season in style with an Australian Open success, while she is 20/1 to win her home Grand Slam at Wimbledon.

She has plenty to prove on clay so a French Open triumph looks unlikely and it may take some time for her to find her groove, so perhaps the US Open is where she holds her strongest claim.

Raducanu is 25/1 for a second title triumph at Flushing Meadows.

Norrie should lead the British challenge

Cameron Norrie has been one of the game's big improvers in recent seasons and the men's British number one is perhaps edging ever closer to challenging for Grand Slam silverware.

The 27-year-old is currently at world number 14 and last year was a successful one as he claimed titles in Lyon and Delray Beach to take his tally to four.

Those titles came on clay and hardcourt, while he also reached the semi-final on the hallowed turf of Wimbledon which highlights his versatility.

The Briton did win a Masters 1000 title when beating Nikoloz Basilashvili at Indian Wells in 2021, so has shown he has the mentality and belief to scoop a big prize.

However, spurred on by the home crowd, Wimbledon still looks like his best chance to strike as the other Grand Slam events appear more competitive.

Novak Djokovic is the dominant force on grass, but if the Serb fails to deliver then Norrie, who is 40/1 to prevail at SW19 in the summer, is one of the few who could capitalise.

Norrie is 60/1 to make a winning start to the season at the Australian Open.

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Draper a potential star of the future

One player with the game to go all the way to the top is big-serving left-hander Jack Draper, who is up to world number 41.

Draper is a power-packed player, best with a giant serve which is a weapon that has enabled the likes of John Isner and Kevin Anderson to climb close to the summit of the sport.

At 21 years of age, there is no doubting that Draper has as much potential as any player on the ATP Tour and when things click he could take some stopping.

Draper has played in only three Grand Slam events in his life but he took Djokovic to four sets on his Wimbledon debut two years ago.

The Londoner built on that last year, taking Alex De Minaur to four sets in round two, before reaching the third round of the US Open, where he upset sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in round two.

With a quarter-final run at the Canadian Masters also on last year's record, Draper is a player who is improving and it shouldn't be long until he gets a first shot at silverware.

Grass may be the best chance for Draper to shine this season and he is 50/1 to win that prize, while he is 80/1 to win the Australian Open.

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