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I thought I’d be home in a week after qualifying: Grand Slam champion Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu surprised everyone, even herself when she won the US Open title. She was a rising star, but was not a contender for the Majors title. The 18 year-old Briton was a stunner at the court.

I thought I'd be home in a week after qualifying: Grand Slam champion Emma Raducanu - THE SPORTS ROOM

The teenager did not think that she would have such a great run at the event. Raducanu was convinced that her trip would be cut short and she would be back home in a week or so, but she went and conquered. Her efforts ended Britain’s wait for a women’s Grand Slam champion.

She snatched the title from Canada’s Leylah Fernandez and her victory has pleased her parents as well as her home country. Dominic Thiem and Andy Murray showered praises for the young champion.

Raducanu mentioned how hard it was to please her and Iranian father Ian and Chinese mother Renee. But she was glad that she finally stood up to her parents’ high expectations.

“They were pretty tough on me when I was a young, but they kind of showed the way and I think it’s now helping on the biggest stage of the world. It was really nice to talk to them after I won. They were just so happy and proud of me and they were the toughest critics and very, very hard to please but I got them with this one.”

It is not enough to say that her run was spectacular when you consider that it only her second Grand Slam tournament appearance. She won 10 matches back to back with no tiebreakers. She bulldozed through the matches.

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Her efforts meant her ranking on the world chart also leaped to the 23rd place. She jumped nearly 127 places!

The youngsters cannot stop gushing. She still cannot believe that she won at the US Open. At the moment the biggest treasure is the trophy. She refuses to let it go out of her sight.

“That’s coming with me right by my side. I’m not trusting it with any sort of other luggage that I’m getting checked in. I can’t beleive that I get to bring it home,” Raducanu added.


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