Emma Raducanu says watching US Open final was more stressful than playing it

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Emma Raducanu says watching US Open final was more stressful than playing it


Emma Raducanu told Sky News that she felt more stressed watching her win the US Open than she did playing it.

During a Zoom call with Jacquie Beltrao from Sky, Raducanu said: “I just really wanted to let the moment soak in and I thought that would help… but watching is definitely more stressful than playing because you feel like you are in control at least when you are playing.

“When you watch 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 slip when I fell and it was long enough, and I got impressed with that in slow motion. “

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The 18-year-old made history at the US Open, passing qualifying to win

She also revealed that some things hadn’t changed after her historic victory, joking: “I can’t even have a field in my local club! “

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

Despite going out alongside celebrities au Met Gala de New York, she said the highlight was a little celebration with her team on the night of her victory.

“There was a karaoke bus on the way home from the courts and we were singing Sweet Caroline and Mr Brightside,” said the 18-year-old.

“We just had a great meal together and chatting about everything, just chatting all the time. “

Her dream run at Flushing Meadows still feels a bit surreal for the teenager – who was only playing her second Grand Slam.

She told Sky News: “It’s funny because sometimes I just have random bursts where I am” oh my god I just won the US Open! “… It’s a weird feeling to understand but watching the game last night helped it sink in. “

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Full: Interview with Emma Raducanu

Raducanu’s feat has earned her a legion of new admirers, including stars such as Lewis Hamilton – the seven-time Formula One champion – a sport she adores.

She met Hamilton at Monday’s Met Gala and said it was “really cool just to talk to him after all he’s accomplished he’s such a great inspiration.”

“In Formula 1, I love watching all the British – Lando, George too, they are all really cool carrying the British flag high,” Raducanu said.

Despite becoming one of the most requested sports stars overnight, she told Sky News that she still hasn’t read all the messages on her phone.

“Over the next few days, I hope to go through them and I’m sorry if I haven’t responded yet,” she told Sky News.

But Raducanu insisted that she wouldn’t be distracted by fame and that “maximizing my potential” remains her goal.

“I will not let any commitments stand in the way of this because it is my top priority …

“Even though I won the US Open, I think there are a lot, a lot of aspects of my game that could improve,” she said.

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11-year-old Emma Raducanu dreams of the US Open

Of the sequel, the Bromley tennis star said rest is on her immediate to-do list.

“When I got home yesterday I just slept all day so I’m just starting to recover and rest and I think my body needs it after the last 7-8 weeks. “

After her sensational victory, she said her parents – Romanian father Ian and Chinese mother Renee – hugged her despite their difficult romantic approach.

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

“I know that the smallest of congratulations means a lot and for them to say that they are also proud of me, but they were very happy to have me at home. “

She said she was happy to be back in her own bed and finally got to taste her mom’s homemade dumplings again, something she ‘craved’.

Emma Raducanu returns to her home in Bromley to reunite with her family.  MUST CREDIT: The Sun / Ray Collins
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Emma Raducanu, 18, with her father. Photo: The Sun / Ray Collins

Raducanu said she now wants to “inspire little girls or young children to dream big”, whatever their dreams are.

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

“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 the kids. ”

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