The 18-year-old tennis superstar stunned the crowd and her opponents alike when she clinched the trophy at the US Open. She is the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam.
Raducanu in an interview admitted to rewatching the finals on TV. She felt “funny” while watching it. The entire episode felt much more tense to her than it was actually live.
“It’s funny because when I was watching it, it almost feels like that’s not me that was playing and pulling off some of those shots, it feels like it’s someone else,” said Raducanu,“I knew exactly what was going to happen but still it’s a very tense moment and, re-watching it, I was really proud of how I came through some tough moments and also the [medical] timeout at the end – I didn’t realise how stressful that was on TV compared to live.”
The teenager won a prize money of 1.8m dollars at the tournament. Raducanu plans to leave it all to her parents. Since there are lot of expenses involved in playing tennis professionally, she thinks the money will go into that.
“I will just leave that to my parents. They can take that for me. I know tennis is an expensive sport. From everything, travel and expenses. It’ll probably go towards that. I don’t really think of the money side of that. I know there are a lot of taxes and expenses.”
She arrived back in her home, Britain on Thursday morning. She celebrated her win with her family. It was a small affair. In her own words there was nothing “over the top”. She had some home-cooked dumplings and thag was it.
She can’t wait to have the trophy on display in her home. Raducanu mentioned that the most important thing to do during such high tension moments is to keep calm.
“It means a lot, so thank you to everyone who watched and supported and sent me some really kind messages but I would say that the most important thing for me to stay relaxed in the moment because there was a lot of stake in the final and it’s just very important to not get ahead of yourself and treat each point one at a time which I think that’s what I managed to do very well.”