Emma Raducanu will have “a few days off” before resuming training

Emma Raducanu has admitted that she is still on “cloud nine” after her stunning US Open victory and is planning a few days off before resuming tennis.

The 18-year-old beat Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday to become the first woman to win the British Grand Slam in 44 years.

This was only Raducanu’s second appearance in a major tournament and the new world number 23 made headlines around the world, appeared on various TV channels in the United States and she also attended the Met Gala on Monday. .

A day later, the Kent player ticked off another long-term aspiration during her visit to Wall Street.

“I’m on cloud nine but so excited to be here at the New York Stock Exchange. It was one of the places on my to-do list before leaving New York and I’m so excited and grateful to everyone who made this possible, ”Raducanu told CNBC’s Closing Bell program on Tuesday.

“I have a few days of rest and recovery (coming), I think this is needed after the last seven weeks, but then I’m back in training and hungry to improve and come back play other tournaments. “

Raducanu didn’t get his bachelor’s degree until early summer, earning an A * in mathematics and an A in economics from Newstead Wood School in Orpington.

The teenager revealed that she had always had a great interest in the New York Stock Exchange, adding: “It’s something that I studied in school, in my baccalaureate.

“I have always had a keen interest. My parents were both in finance and seeing it live is amazing. “

Weeks after Raducanu passed her exams, the Toronto-born shone at Wimbledon with an impressive fourth round before being forced to withdraw from her last 16 game with Ajla Tomljanovic on center court due to breathing difficulties.

Three-time All England Club winner John McEnroe said at the time that he felt the opportunity “was a bit too strong” for the Joker and linked it to Naomi Osaka’s mental health issues.

Raducanu responded emphatically on the US court and showed his newfound fitness by not losing a set at Flushing Meadows after having to advance to the main draw.

Asked in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about what he meant by his comments in July, McEnroe said, “I meant exactly what I said.

“I tried to make a little connection with my experience when I first went to Wimbledon, also at 18, and I managed to qualify, like Emma did, to go to the semi-finals. final.

I have a few days of rest and recovery (coming soon), I think this is needed after the last seven weeks, but then I’m back in training and hungry to improve and come back to play other tournaments.

Emma Raducanu

“She did better than me. I played against Jimmy Connors, I hadn’t been on center court and I remember my legs shaking, feeling totally overwhelmed with the experience and almost happy that I didn’t win.

“After that, I went to Stanford for a year and had time to mentally regroup and prepare for the rigors of the tour.

“There are a lot of good sides, but there is also the pressure you put on yourself and the expectations that others put on you.”

McEnroe was heavily criticized at the time for his comments, but insisted that “compared to a lot of other things I’ve said in the past, this was pretty much, for me, also vanilla. let them come “and pointed out,” I was very supportive, I thought at the time. “

He added: “More important than what I said, I think, was the way she handled things to move forward, as I’m sure there was a lot of concern at the Within the British Tennis Association, as well as members of her family and the people who work with her, how is she going to be able to deal with this kind of newfound glory?

“I don’t think you can do it better than she does.” Win the US Open? Are you kidding me? It’s crazy, as far as she could have done that. “

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