After her victory at the US Open, Emma Raducanu talks to Sky News about returning home to her parents in Bromley and seeing the final for the first time; The 18-year-old Briton also says she hopes her win can “inspire little girls or boys to dream big.”
By Sky News
Last Updated: 09/17/21 9:53 am
Emma Raducanu told Sky News that she felt more stressed watching her performance at the US Open than playing in it.
In a Zoom call with Sky’s Jacquie Beltrao, the 18-year-old said: “I 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 the control at least when you are playing.
“When you’re looking 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 down and it was quite long and I was impressed with that in slow motion.”
He also revealed that some things in his life have not changed after his victory. “Honestly, I can’t even get a pitch at my local club!”
Five days after winning the US Open, Emma Raducanu is reunited with her family at her Bromley home.
On what’s next, the teenage tennis star says rest is on her immediate to-do list.
“When I got home yesterday, I slept through the day so I’m starting to recover and rest and I think my body needs it after the last seven or eight weeks.”
After her sensational victory, she said her parents, Romanian father Ian and Chinese mother Renee, hugged her despite her tough love approach.
“They gave me a hug, nothing crazy, but they have very high standards and tough love, but I think I really didn’t need anything big from them,” he said.
New US Open champion Emma Raducanu says she is ‘very honored’ to have received congratulations from the Queen on becoming the first British woman to win a Grand Slam title in 44 years.
“I know that the smallest of the congratulations means a lot and that they say that they are also proud of me, but they were very happy to have me at 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 boys to dream big,” no matter what their dreams are.
“Even if it’s not tennis, even to be a doctor, I just want to inspire you to dream big and anything can happen.
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“I just want to get the message across that you can be a normal kid and go to school and do normal things and still get results and I think that’s my main message to all children.”
Murray: great opportunity for British tennis
Andy Murray praised Raducanu’s “incredible” victory at the US Open and spoke of a “great opportunity” for British tennis.
“It was amazing what she did there. I think for a lot of the people involved in British tennis, we knew she was extremely good,” said Murray, a three-time Grand Slam winner.
“She hadn’t competed much for the last 18 months with school and coronavirus and that sort of thing, but I think at Wimbledon (where Raducanu made it to the fourth round) everyone got a little glimpse of how good she could be.
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“I’ve spent a bit of time with her on the practice court, but more in the same building, training close to each other and watching what she’s doing, and she’s obviously very, very good.
“But what he did in New York was very special, a huge boost for British tennis and hopefully gives the governing bodies the opportunity to capitalize on that and get more and more kids involved in the sport.”
“It’s great what he did and now is a great opportunity for British tennis.”