Emma Raducano says watching the US Open final was more stressful than playing it | UK news
Emma Radocano told Sky News she was more nervous watching her US Open win than she did.
On a Zoom call with Sky’s Jacquie Beltrao, radukano He said: “I really wanted to let the moment sink in and I think that would help…but watching is definitely more stressful than playing because you feel like you’re in control at least when you’re playing.
“When you watch you don’t have any 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 that was a long one, and I liked myself with that slow motion.”
She also revealed that some things haven’t changed after her historic win, joking: “I can’t even get a pitch at the local club!”
On Saturday, Raducanu She became the first British woman to win a major title in 44 yearsAnd the first qualification to lift a major championship.
Despite going out to the side of celebrities At the Met Gala in New YorkThe highlight, she said, was a small celebration with her team the night she won.
“There was a karaoke bus on the way back from the stadium and we were singing Sweet Caroline and Mr. Brightside,” the 18-year-old said.
“We just had a great meal together and discussed everything, and chatted the whole time.”
Her dream run at Flushing Meadows still seemed a bit surreal for the teen – who was playing her second-ever major tournament.
“It’s funny because sometimes I have random bursts where I’m ‘Oh my God, I just won the US Open!'” she told Sky News. “…It feels strange to understand but watching the match last night helped me sink into it.”
Raducanu’s achievement has earned her a slew of new fans, including stars like Lewis Hamilton – seven-time Formula 1 champion – and it’s a sport she loves.
She interviewed Hamilton at the Met Gala on Monday and said it was “really great talking to him after all he’s achieved, he’s such a great inspiration”.
“In Formula One I love watching all the Brits – Lando and George too, they are all really cool because they’re flying the flag of Great Britain high,” said Radocano.
Despite being one of the most sought-after sports stars overnight, she told Sky News she has yet to read all the messages on her phone.
“Over the next few days I hope to give it a try, and I’m sorry if I haven’t responded yet,” she told Sky News.
But Raducanu insisted that she would not be distracted by fame and that “maximizing my potential” remains her goal.
“I will not let any obligations get in the way of that because it is my highest priority…
“Despite winning the US Open, I feel there are many, many aspects of my game that I could improve,” she said.
About the next step, the tennis star from Bromley said the rest is on her immediate to-do list.
“When I got home yesterday, I slept all day, so I’m just starting to recover and rest and I think my body needs it after the last seven or eight weeks.”
After her thrilling victory, she said that her parents – Romanian father Ian and Chinese mother Rene – embraced her despite their tough love approach.
“They hugged me, and nothing crazy. They have very high standards and a tough love, but I guess I didn’t really need anything big of them,” she said.
“I know a little congratulation means a lot and to say they’re proud of me too, but they were so happy to be back home.”
She said she was happy to be back in her own bed and that she was finally able to taste her mother’s homemade pancakes again, something she had been “craving.”
Raducanu said she now wants to “inspire little girls or little kids to dream big,” no matter what their dreams are.
“Even if it’s not about tennis, even being a doctor, I just want to inspire them to dream big and anything can happen,” said Radocano.
“I just want to convey the message 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 kids.”