Emma Raducanu was the first female qualifier to win the US Open.© AFP
US Open winner Emma Raducanu said she was “hungry” to improve her tennis and plans to continue competing this year after her overwhelming success at Flushing Meadows. The 18-year-old British woman became the first qualifying player in history to win a Grand Slam when she defeated 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday. Raducanu became Britain’s first ever Grand Slam winner in women’s singles since Virginia Wade in 1977 and didn’t drop a set during her title race in New York.
The new number 23 in the world rose to fame at Wimbledon earlier this year, reached the fourth round in her first Grand Slam and intends to take a short rest after a whirlwind of two months.
“I have a few days of rest and relaxation (happens), I think after the last seven weeks I needed it,” she told the American broadcaster CNBC on Tuesday.
“But then I’m right back in training and hungry to get better and get out and play a few more tournaments.”
Raducanu could get a wild card for the prestigious Indian Wells tournament on the WTA Tour in California next month.
Her breathtaking win in New York brought new fame.
She was lauded by Queen Elizabeth II, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and performed at New York’s flagship fashion show, the Met Gala, this week.
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