Emma Raducanu describes her “biggest triumph” after winning the US Open

18-year-old Emma Raducanu has taken home the trophy at the US Open final in New York after beating her opponent Leylah Fernandez in straight sets.

Emma Raducanu has claimed victory at the US Open, becoming the first British woman to win a Grand Slam title in 44 years. The 18-year-old – who beat her opponent Leylah Fernandez in straight sets – also became the first qualifier to capture a Grand Slam title.

In short, Raducanu’s victory in New York is nothing short of incredible – especially when you consider the fact that she only played her first grand slam at Wimbledon this summer, where she entered as a wildcard and made it to the last 16.

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But despite all of the incredible shots she made to claim victory last night (11 September), Raducanu says her “biggest triumph” from the final wasn’t to do with her tennis at all.  

Speaking during the post-match press conference, she explained: “I think the biggest triumph for me is how I managed to just not think of absolutely anything else except from my game plan and what I was going to execute, you know. I didn’t really think of anything other than what was going on on the tennis court.”

She continued: “I just completely zoned in and focused on my craft, and when I was on the tennis court it was just business as usual you know, focusing on the plays – and that’s the biggest thing that I’m proud of. I think that’s definitely the biggest thing that has probably helped me to win this title.” 

I’m just really trying to embrace the moment and really take it all in

However, it wasn’t just during the match that Raducanu resolved to stay in the moment. Responding to a question about how she felt about becoming such a star, she admitted that she hadn’t yet checked her phone – and that she didn’t plan on getting caught up in thoughts about what might come next.

“I have absolutely no idea what’s going on outside of our little world that we’re in here,” she told reporters. “We’ve just been in the quiet room just enjoying the moment and taking it all in.” 

She continued: “I’ve not even thought about when I’m going home, I’ve got no idea what I’m doing tomorrow. I’m just really trying to embrace the moment and really take it all in, and I think it’s definitely the time to just switch off from any future thoughts and from any plans, any schedule. I’ve got absolutely no clue and right now no care in the world – I’m just loving life.”

Knowing the pressure that female athletes in the spotlight often face, it’s great to see Raducanu doing things on her own terms and allowing herself to enjoy the moment.

Congratulations, Emma! 

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