With a month to go until the annual Sports Personality of the Year award, US Open champion Emma Raducanu (Outright 1/16) looks likely to scoop the award after her stunning success.

Much was made of her potential when she first came onto the scene at Wimbledon – a run to the fourth round at the All England was certainly enough make onlookers take note.

However, no-one could have predicted what was to happen at Flushing Meadows in September.

As the seeds kept tumbling, Raducanu, who defeated the established likes of Belinda Bencic and Maria Sakkari faced another young star in the form of Leylah Fernandez in the final.

The match captured the imagination of Britain and was even shown on free-to-air television.

The 9.2million strong audience watched the 18-year-old defeat the Canadian in straight sets to record an historic victory – the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Virginia Wade’s Wimbledon success in 1977.

Tennis clubs up and down the country reported an upsurge in the number of young people wanting to play, inspired by Raducanu’s success.

Could she be beaten to the award? Perhaps Lewis Hamilton (20/1) is the only competitor left who can avoid this year’s SPOTY being a foregone conclusion.

Sunday’s win in the Sau Paulo Grand Prix was arguably one of the greatest of Hamilton’s career as he cut the gap to championship leader Max Verstappen to 14 points.

He scythed through the field after starting tenth and with 12 laps remaining, used all his racing nous to overtake Verstappen before disappearing into the distance to win.

Realistically, he would have to win the championship – a feat which would break the all-time record – to upstage Raducanu and it would be very difficult to predict the winner from there.

However, there appears to be little competition – Tom Daley (14/1) might get a place in the top three after finally winning Olympic Gold in Tokyo, while Tyson Fury’s (40/1) wins against Deontay Wilder mean he is also a top-three contender.

Yet at this stage, it is very hard to picture anyone other than Raducanu making the winning speech in Manchester.

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