FILE PHOTO: September 11, 2021; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the Championship trophy. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports / File Photo
US Open champion Emma Raducanu said on Wednesday her sensational victory at Flushing Meadows had yet to be anchored and the 18 months she had left the sport had made her “hungry” to win at New York.
The 18-year-old Briton surprised the tennis world by beating Canada’s Leylah Fernandez on Saturday in straight sets to become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title.
“I feel great. Everything that happened in the past 72 hours has been so much fun… it still hasn’t really caught on, but every once in a while I’ll remember that I won the US Open. So yeah, a really funny feeling, ”she told the WTA website.
Raducanu took a hiatus from tennis last year due to the pandemic and also because her parents insisted she complete her high school exams.
“With 18 months of absence… when you go out, you play every game as if you don’t know when your last game will be. This is how I approached all summer… But the most important thing is that I never got ahead of myself, ”she said.
“For three weeks I just played the opponent in front of me, I took care of what I wanted to try to achieve that day against this opponent, and I repeated it for three weeks.”
Emma Raducanu attends the 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. Théo Wargo / Getty Images / AFP
Raducanu has made a series of public appearances since winning last weekend, the most high-profile being at the Met Gala in New York on Monday.
The teenager called her experience on the red carpet an ‘eye opening’, adding: ‘At the Met Gala everyone is so experienced and accomplished in their own way and it was really cool to hear how they are and their perspective on things. “
For now, Raducanu has said she plans to retire from tennis after a few intense weeks and is not entirely sure when her next tournament is.
“I think for me, again, I cherish the moments with the team after the win the most… it was probably the most special night ever, when we were thinking… I know I’ll be back to work probably on Monday. or early next week… From a time point of view, I’m not sure, ”she added.
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