The 19-year-old is expected to be given an MBE following her amazing year.
Tennis star Emma Raducanu will lead a bumper list of British sporting icons to be handed gongs in the New Year’s honours list.
The US Open champ, 19, is tipped to become the youngest ever recipient of an MBE for her extraordinary success in New York.
She swept past Leylah Fernandez in the final, 6-4, 6-3, to win the women’s singles tennis title – just months after she took her A-levels.
Now – after she was named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year – she is expected to be handed an honour by the Queen to cap a perfect year.
A Whitehall insider said: “In a year marred by Covid, sporting heroes gave us a reason to be cheerful.
“It’s right that they are rewarded for their remarkable success.”
Meanwhile, Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway, 54, is in line to receive a gong in recognition of her 32-year broadcasting career, which includes her award-winning documentary on her husband Derek Draper’s Covid battle.
Kate will likely receive an MBE or CBE for her years of service to her profession.
The honour follows heartache after her former political adviser husband, 54, was taken to hospital at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 after falling gravely ill with coronavirus.
Heroes of the Covid crisis will also be recognised for their remarkable efforts during the pandemic.
The Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance– already knighted in 2019 for services to open clinical science – is likely to be rewarded.
And Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty, is also up for a mention as the Queen heaps praise on those who guided the UK through the crisis.
Elsewhere, Mel B is set to receive an MBE in recognition of her services to domestic violence victims.
The Spice Girl and Women’s Aid patron, 46, has bravely opened up about her own experience of abuse and has relentlessly campaigned for change, taking her crusade to Downing Street in 2019.
The pop star even fronted a Women’s Aid campaign – a music video called Love Should Not Hurt – in which she portrayed a character who was a badly beaten victim of violence.
Meanwhile, sources say that stars of Gareth Southgate’s England football squad, who stormed to the Euro 2020 final only to lose out Italy, will also be honoured.