NEW YORK: British teenager Emma Raducanu, who stunned the tennis world with her unlikely US Open success, said on a whirlwind media tour on Monday that her accomplishment not only surprised her but also satisfied her parents. difficult to satisfy.
The 18-year-old defeated 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez on Saturday to become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title after a fairytale race she never imagined possible when she arrived in New York. York.
“Three weeks ago, I thought I wouldn’t last the whole trip. I thought I would be home in a week after qualifying, ”Raducanu said on NBCthe morning show “Today”.
Raducanu, whose US Open appearance marked only the second Grand Slam tournament of his career, has won 10 straight games at Flushing Meadows – including three in qualifying just to reach the main draw – without losing a set .
The triumph, which propelled Raducanu from 127 places in the world rankings to No.1. The 23-year-old also did a lot to please his Chinese mother Renee and Romanian father Ian.
“They were pretty tough on me when I was young, but they kind of led the way and I think now that helps on the biggest stages in the world,” Raducanu said during an appearance on the ABC “Good Morning America” news programs.
“It was really nice talking to them after I won. They were so happy and proud of me and these are my harshest critics and very, very hard to please, but I got them with this one. “
The teenager posted a photo on her Instagram account on Monday showing her on the streets of New York City with a big smile on her face at a Nike ad showing her celebrating.
Raducanu, who can count Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King among those who congratulated her after the victory, said she would not let her US Open trophy out. of view on its return flight.
“It comes with me right by my side. I do not trust any other baggage that I check in. I can’t believe I can take him home, ”Raducanu said on“ Today ”.
“And I got to see my name engraved on the wall with the old champions and I thought it was quite special to be on the same board as them.” – Reuters