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Following her US Open win, Emma Raducanu talks to Sky News about returning home to her parents in Bromley and watching the final back for the first time; the 18-year-old Briton also says she hopes her win can “inspire little girls or young children to dream big”

Last Updated: 17/09/21 9:53am

Emma Raducanu moved up to 23rd in the world rankings after winning the US Open

Emma Raducanu moved up to 23rd in the world rankings after winning the US Open

Emma Raducanu has told Sky News she felt more stressed watching back her US Open performance than she did playing in it.

On a Zoom call with Sky’s Jacquie Beltrao, the 18-year-old said: “I just really wanted to let the moment sink in and I thought that would help… but watching is definitely more stressful than playing because you feel like you have control at least when you’re playing.

“When you’re watching you have no control, but it was really cool to be able to relive some of those moments and at the end I saw my slide when I fell and it was quite long and I impressed myself with that in slow motion.”

She also revealed that some things in her life haven’t changed after her win. “Honestly I can’t even get a court at my local club!”

Five days after winning the US Open, Emma Raducanu has been reunited with her family at their home in Bromley

Five days after winning the US Open, Emma Raducanu has been reunited with her family at their home in Bromley

Five days after winning the US Open, Emma Raducanu has been reunited with her family at their home in Bromley

On what’s next, the teenage tennis star says rest is on her immediate to-do list.

“When I got home yesterday I just slept the whole day so I’m just starting to recover and rest and I think my body needs it after the last seven to eight weeks.”

After her sensational win, she said her parents – Romanian father Ian and Chinese mother Renee – hugged her despite their tough-love approach.

“They gave me a hug, nothing crazy, but they have very high standards and tough love but I think that I didn’t really need anything big from them,” she said.

New US Open champion Emma Raducanu says she is 'very honoured' to have received congratulations from the Queen as she became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in 44 years

New US Open champion Emma Raducanu says she is ‘very honoured’ to have received congratulations from the Queen as she became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in 44 years

New US Open champion Emma Raducanu says she is ‘very honoured’ to have received congratulations from the Queen as she became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in 44 years

“I know that just the smallest of congratulations means a lot and for them to say they’re proud of me as well, but they were very happy to have me home.”

On Saturday, Raducanu became the first British woman to win a major title in 44 years, and the first qualifier in history to lift a grand slam.

She says she wants to “inspire little girls or young children to dream big”, no matter what their dreams are.

“Even if it’s not tennis, even it’s to be a doctor, I just want to inspire them to dream big and anything can happen.

Marketing and sponsorship expert Allyson Stewart-Allen believes new British tennis star Emma Raducanu could earn £100m in sponsorships following her astonishing US Open win

Marketing and sponsorship expert Allyson Stewart-Allen believes new British tennis star Emma Raducanu could earn £100m in sponsorships following her astonishing US Open win

Marketing and sponsorship expert Allyson Stewart-Allen believes new British tennis star Emma Raducanu could earn £100m in sponsorships following her astonishing US Open win

“I just want to get across the message that you can be a normal kid and go to school and do normal things and still achieve results and I think that’s my main message to all the kids.”

Murray: Huge opportunity for British tennis

Andy Murray hailed Raducanu’s “incredible” US Open win and spoken of a “huge opportunity” for British tennis.

“It was incredible what she did there. I think for a lot of the people involved in British tennis, we knew she was extremely good,” Murray, a three-time grand slam winner, said.

“She hadn’t competed much for the last sort of 18 months or so with school and coronavirus and those sorts of things, but I think at Wimbledon (where Raducanu reached the fourth round) everyone sort of got a bit of a glimpse of how good she could be.

Virginia Wade says Emma Raducanu's US Open triumph could be the start of a new era of women's tennis

Virginia Wade says Emma Raducanu’s US Open triumph could be the start of a new era of women’s tennis

Virginia Wade says Emma Raducanu’s US Open triumph could be the start of a new era of women’s tennis

“I’ve spent a little bit of time around her on the practice court, but more so in the same building, training close to each other, and watching what she’s doing, and she’s obviously really, really good.

“But what she did in New York was very special, a huge boost for British tennis and gives hopefully the governing bodies an opportunity to capitalise on that and get more and more kids involved in the sport.

“It’s great what she did and a huge opportunity for British tennis now.”





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