Emma Raducanu is honest after title triumph
Emma Raducanu says she is still mastering with her extraordinary triumph at the US Open, admitting that she has to remember that she is a grand slam champion.
The 18-year-old’s life has been turned upside down since win the US Open in his second appearance to a grand slam.
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She took part in American talk shows, attended the Met Gala, checked off an item from the “bucket list” while visiting the New York Stock Exchange and even met Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton.
But the enormity of its success has still not weighed on the British phenomenon.
“Sometimes I just have random bursts where I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I just won the US Open’,” Raducanu said after returning home UK.
“And then I go as if nothing has happened, as if nothing has happened.”
Raducanu said she first watched a replay of the final on Thursday – the day she returned to Britain after a few-day whirlwind in New York City.
And try to relive a few moments of her 6-4, 6-3 victory over Canadian opponent Leylah Fernandez makes everything flow a little more. Almost.
“When I looked at him, I almost felt like it’s not me playing, pulling some of these shots,” she told the BBC.
Her victory at Flushing Meadows turned her into an overnight superstar, making her in high demand in the United States.
Everyone wanted a piece of her, with Chanel inviting her to the Met Gala, where she joined a thrilling crowd of celebrities and fashion designers in New York City.
It was her highlight of the past few days, especially since meeting Hamilton there.
“It’s such a great inspiration,” said Raducanu, a big fan of F1.
What future for Emma Raducanu?
The same can now be said of the down-to-earth Raducanu, who took 18 months off tennis to finish high school because her parents wanted her to have something to fall back on.
One of the subjects she studied was economics and her parents worked in finance, explaining why the trip to the NYSE meant so much.
The message she wants to get across is: Dream big and work hard, whatever your background.
âEven if it’s not tennis, even if it’s other dreams like going to school and being a doctor or something – dream big and anything can happen,â she said. Air sports.
“And for tennis, I just want to make it clear that you can be a normal kid, go to school, have all the normal things and still get results.”
Raducanu, who also spoke by phone to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said she had slept most of the day after returning to England and wanted to pass away after two grueling months.
This included a three-week campaign at the US Open – a week of qualifying, then a main draw race in which she didn’t lose a set to become the first player to win a grand slam as a qualifier. and the youngest major winner since 2004.
So when will the world next see Raducanu on a tennis court?
She doesn’t really know it yet – her jump of 127 places to No.23 on the table means she needs to revisit her schedule – but she’s aiming for an appearance at Indian Wells from October 6-17.
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