Raducanu of the United Kingdom wins the US Open women’s title

Emma Raducanu fell asleep as a child to visions of running through the stands to celebrate a Grand Slam title and lived in the moment Saturday after capturing the US Open title.

The 18-year-old Briton beat 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernández 6-4, 6-3 to become the first qualifier to win a Slam title, going 20 sets without losing to lift the trophy.

“It is an absolute dream. You only have visions of yourself climbing the box, hugging everyone, celebrating,” he said. “For that moment to really happen, I am very grateful.”

Her childhood visions returned as her epic career led her to become the youngest Grand Slam champion in 17 years and the youngest US Open winner since 17-year-old Serena Williams in 1999.

“Go celebrate with your team, try to find your way to the area, just watch them after the game, that’s been playing in my head a couple of nights. I fell asleep,” she said.

“To have the faith that I had and really execute, win a Grand Slam, I can’t believe it.”

Raducanu has adopted a nothing to lose attitude and Slam’s success ensures that it will not change anytime soon.

“I feel absolutely no pressure,” Raducanu said. “I’m still only 18 years old. I’m just having a free swing like whatever comes my way. This is how I faced every game here in the United States.

“He got me this trophy, so I don’t think I should change anything.”

Raducanu never lost more than five games in any set and that happened only once, in qualifying, although he insisted that every victory has its challenges.

“I faced a lot of adversity in each of my games,” he said. “What I did very well this tournament was to push in the moments that I really needed to.”

While he may have faced adversity, he hasn’t faced reality, putting aside his cell phone and the outside world to focus on the US Open.

“I still haven’t checked my phone. I have no idea what’s going on outside of the little world we are in here,” Raducanu said.

“The biggest triumph for me is how I managed to think of absolutely nothing more than my game plan, what I’m going to execute. I just focused and focused on my craft.

“I think it’s definitely the most important thing that probably helped me win this title.”

So when it comes to things like how your US Open title will change your life, you haven’t thought about it. He can’t even say what happens next week.

“I haven’t thought of any of that,” Raducanu said. “I have no idea when I’m going home. I have no idea what I’ll do tomorrow. I’m really trying to embrace the moment, take it all in.

“I definitely think it’s time to disconnect from any future thoughts or any plans, any schedule. I have no idea. Right now, I don’t care in the world, I’m just loving life.”

Good bloody ending

After failing to convert two match points on Fernandez’s serve, Raducanu scraped his left knee that slid onto the court in the final game and opened a bloody cut, forcing play to stop while a coach bandaged the wound. .

“It cut my knee quite a bit,” he said. “Actually, I didn’t want to stop because I thought it would interrupt my rhythm.

“But I couldn’t continue playing. I was not allowed because my knee was covered in blood. The chair umpire said I needed to be treated immediately.”

He came back to face a breaking point at a crucial moment, but saved him.

“Facing a breaking point after a two or three minute hiatus is not easy,” he said. “I managed to make the deciding plays when I needed to.”

That included match point moments later, when he pitched his third ace.

“I don’t think I served that wide the whole game,” he said.

“I literally pushed my legs into that ball throw like never before. I hit it. (Then) just disbelief, trying to take in everything, all the time.”

(AFP)

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