Emma Raducanu leads new generation of British sports stars taking world by storm alongside Jude Bellingham, Harvey Elliott and George Russell

The future is very bright for British sport as there are a number of young stars already shining on the world stage.

Emma Raducanu showed why the future of tennis is in good hands as she sailed through to the quarter-finals of the US Open.

Raducanu has starred at the US Open

She is just 18, but mature beyond her years and is already making history at Flushing Meadows.

She could yet reach the semi-final and has been tipped as a future Grand Slam winner.

We also have youngsters in football, Formula 1 and cricket all lighting up the world stage and have plenty more to come.

Here at talkSPORT.com, we’ve taken a look at five stars who are impressing on the world stage.

Emma Raducanu

The 18-year-old has taken the US Open by storm in reaching the last-eight without dropping a single set.

Not only has she got to this stage, becoming the youngest British tennis player since Sue Barker in 1975 to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final, she has dominated her opponents.

Her last-16 opponent Shelby Rogers, who knocked out world number one and Wimbledon champion Ash Barty, won just three games against Raducanu.

Raducanu is yet to drop a set at the US Open

The Bromley-based teenager looks like a future Grand Slam winner and Annabel Croft certainly thinks so.

She told talkSPORT: “The world is her oyster. You never like to put a figure on it, but I feel like it is limitless. I see her winning Grand Slam titles and being right at the top of the game.

“Women’s tennis is looking fantastic at the moment, there’s a lot of youngsters breaking through who are all very good and have different styles and different personalities.

“We are going to get a lot of heavyweight clashes and rivalries to look forward to, but I do feel like she has everything.

“She reminds me, not of her game but her competitive spirit, of Andy Murray when we first saw him when he was a teenager.

“When he got the bit between his teeth he would not bow down to opponents and she has a very similar strength of character when she is playing.”

Next up for Raducanu is Olympic champion Belinda Bencic, who will be the toughest opponent she has faced so far in her fledgling career.

Raducanu is tipped to be a Grand Slam winner

Jude Bellingham

The Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder is already a star and has only just turned 18.

He was a key member of Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad, and had a case for being in the starting line-up.

He came through the Birmingham academy and when they sold him to Dortmund they retired his shirt number – that’s how good he is.

Bellingham will be an England star for years to come

The midfielder has an incredibly bright future in the game and Jordan Henderson has tipped him for big things.

“He’s a fantastic player,” he said of Bellingham.

“Even at such a young age he shows fantastic maturity on and off the field. You can see how hungry he is to be a top player and has all the attributes to do that.

“I was trying to help as much as I could but to be honest he is a top player who has shown that in the big games for Dortmund. I see him going from strength to strength all the time.

“I don’t want to praise him too much and put too much pressure on him but he has a very good head on his shoulders, I’m told he has good people around him and a good family, and you can see that is an important part of him. I think he will be a top player going forward.”

Bellingham is already in integral member of Dortmund’s team

Asked if Bellingham could have an impact on the 2022 World Cup, Henderson added: “He could, he looks ready.

“Even at such a young age he looks ready to play in the big games. I watch him for Dortmund and the way he performs is outstanding.

“He showed again what he can bring. A year down the line he is only going to get better so he could have a big influence.”

George Russell

The 23-year-old has just signed up to be Lewis Hamilton’s partner at Mercedes, replacing Valtteri Bottas.

Russell and Hamilton will form a tantalising all-British line-up at Formula One’s all-conquering team and shows that the Brits may continue to dominate the sport.

Commenting on his blockbuster transfer, Russell, who has agreed a long-term deal with Mercedes, said: “It’s a special day for me personally and professionally.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t absolutely buzzing. It’s a huge opportunity and one I want to grab with both hands.

Russell can continue Britain’s dominance in F1
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“But I’m under no illusions as to the scale of the challenge; it’s going to be a steep learning curve.

“I want to do my new teammates proud. Of course, one of those new teammates is in my opinion the greatest driver of all time.

“I’ve looked up to Lewis since I was in go-karts and the opportunity to learn from someone who has become a role model both on and off track can only benefit me as a driver, a professional, and a human being.”

Russell enjoyed three good seasons with Williams, but now makes the step up to Mercedes.

Tom Banton

Banton is the 22-year-old cricketer who looks like he will have a bright future in the England team.

He has been compared to Kevin Pieterson and has already starred at domestic level in England and in T20 competitions around the world.

The Somerset star looks set for a place in the T20 World Cup later this year as Eoin Morgan’s side look to complete a historic white ball double.

Pieterson himself urged Banton not to waste his talent after a somewhat underwhelming summer, which perhaps had mitigating circumstances as he has been suffering from long COVID.

Banton has the talent to dominate cricket

Pieterson said: “He has all the talent but at the moment he is wasting it. He hits way too many balls in the air.”

Banton did smash a 47-ball century in the T20 Blast this summer, and may be about to kick on and fulfil his potential as one of the most talented young cricketers in the world.

Harvey Elliott

The winger took the Championship by storm last season and looks set for a big role at Liverpool, and is still only 18.

Elliott burst onto the scene with Fulham at just 15 and is a future star for both club and country.

He was trusted to start against Chelsea in the Premier League just before the international break and has been tipped for a big future by teammate Andy Robertson.

Elliott is set for a huge future at Liverpool

He told talkSPORT: “He’s a great lad, Harvey. He went out on loan to Blackburn last season and ripped the Championship up.

“Some lads go out and struggle with the intensity of the Championship, but he just took it so easily.

“Technically, he is so gifted and it shows you how well he’s done since coming back from pre-season.

“The gaffer has trusted him in such a huge game like today. I thought he done himself no harm tonight, he did really well, kept the ball, was comfortable and has an exciting future in front of him.”

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