Emma Raducanu became the first Romanian player to win a Grand Slam tournament when she won the U.S. Open in September 2017. Now, at 18 years old, she is preparing for her second major tournament of 2018 and has already achieved more than most players could dream of in their lifetime.
Emma Raducanu is the winner of the 2011 Wimbledon Championship. She talks about her resilience, celebrations and pleasing her parents in this interview.
Emma Raducanu shared this photo on Instagram on Monday, captioning it, “Sightseeing in New York.” I never expected to witness this… ‘That’s the greatest thing.’
Emma Raducanu started her battle for a spot in the main draw of the US Open less than three weeks ago.
She came saw a massive billboard featuring her face on the streets of New York on Monday while exploring in between appearances on prime-time American morning television.
The 18-year-maiden old’s Grand Slam victory has generated front-page news across the globe due to this sudden, unanticipated shift in circumstances.
Raducanu has not only created British history as the first woman to win a Grand Slam singles championship in 44 years, but she has also made tennis history as the first qualifier to win a major.
Despite the high stakes, the youngster has flown through the last three weeks with a calm smile on her face, and the aftermath of her greatest victory has been no different.
When Raducanu was interviewed by the Good Morning America panel in the show’s Times Square studio, she maintained her composure and revealed how she was able to achieve such high levels of resilience at such a young age.
On the ABC program, she stated, “I’ve always been taught up to have mental power from an early age.”
“My parents were very influential in my upbringing. They were rough on me when I was younger, and that influenced the way I grew up.
“I believe it is now assisting on the world’s largest stages when it is most needed.”
Raducanu’s Chinese mother Renee and Romanian father Ian are her “toughest critics” and “extremely difficult to please,” according to Raducanu.
“But with this one, I got them,” she laughed. “They couldn’t help themselves.”
“It was great to speak with them after I won. They were ecstatic and ecstatic for me.”
Raducanu, who is grounded, is ‘trying to enjoy the time.’
Raducanu’s coaching staff, in addition to her parents, seems to have played a significant part in keeping her grounded.
After defeating Leylah Fernandez in the final at Flushing Meadows, the Canada-born player got a letter from the Queen, and David Beckham and Lewis Hamilton were among the British sports icons who commented on her Instagram picture with the trophy.
Raducanu says the Queen’s letter “honored” her and that she would frame and display it in her room, but she just wanted to celebrate with her closest friends that night.
“I haven’t even looked at my mails,” she said.
“I’ve just been trying to take it all in.” My crew and I had a great time reflecting the night before the final.
“Everything happened so quickly. We were taking care of every detail every day, and three weeks had flown by.
“We simply got to reminisce and share a few tales, and it was a very wonderful night to spend with everyone,” said the group.
‘Wimbledon retirement was a physical problem,’ says the player.
As if Raducanu needed any more proof that she isn’t getting ahead of herself, she stated in a post-match interview that the first thing she would buy with her £1.8 million prize money would be a pair of headphones to replace some she had lost in the locker room after her first-round qualifying victory.
Raducanu, who is now rated 23rd in the world after climbing 127 places in two weeks and becoming the new British number one, is keen to keep up the good work.
She claimed that her withdrawal due to respiratory problems during a fourth-round match at Wimbledon versus Ajla Tomljanovic was a fitness issue, but she thinks that hardship was a crucial step in her journey to the top.
“I got the impression that it was more of a bodily problem for me,” she added.
“Winning a Grand Slam requires a lot of mental toughness, so I think the resilience aspect speaks for itself.”
“To win a Slam, I had to go through all of it.” Because I’m still new to the game and haven’t had time to grow physically, I still have a lot of work to do.
“I believe naturally with each match and event I’ve played on tour over the past four or five weeks, I’ve simply improved my endurance a little bit.”
Raducanu’s next appearance will be in Romania.
Raducanu may still play in the Indian Wells tournament, which starts on October 7 in California, but she would have to join as a wildcard since the entry list has already been released.
In November, the top-eight players from the previous year will compete in the WTA Finals in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Making the cut for that tournament is a tall order for Raducanu, but after the last two weeks, no one is more up to the task than the recently minted US Open champion.