Emma Raducanu, 18, completes her fairy tale by winning the US Open

The Briton goes down in history by becoming the first player from qualifying to win in the Grand Slam.

History is beautiful and history is marked by it. At only 18 years old, Emma Raducanu won, on the night of Saturday to Sunday, the US Open women by disposing in two sets of Leylah Fernandez (6-4, 6-3). She also becomes the first player from qualifying to win a Grand Slam tournament. The precocious Briton is also the youngest major tournament winner since Russia’s Maria Sharapova, who won Wimbledon at age 17 in 2004.

“I have the impression of living an absolute dream”, enthusiastically the player after the meeting. She had previously only played in the Wimbledon tournament, at the beginning of the summer, among the Grand Slam tournaments. When asked if she would have thought it possible to win the US Open on her first participation, her answer is clear: “I wouldn’t have believed it at all, because at the start of the grass season, I had just finished high school. Wimbledon was an incredible experience. Reaching 8th, I already couldn’t believe it. But I was still hungry, I worked hard and here I really gained confidence with every lap. ”

Media exposure

To win, Emma Raducanu scrapped against another very precocious player, the Canadian Leylah Fernandez, 19, who also caused a sensation throughout the New York fortnight. The two players thrilled the 23,000 spectators on Arthur-Ashe court, who probably weren’t expecting such a poster at the start of the tournament.

Now, another challenge awaits Emma Raducanu: managing her new notoriety and the media exposure that accompanies it. This can be difficult to bear, as evidenced by the case of Naomi Osaka, to whom she succeeds the prize list, who is plagued by recurring anxiety problems. At Wimbledon, Raducanu was also suddenly dizzy and plagued by respiratory problems, facing the Australian Ajla Tomljanovic. Two months later, she has clearly made great strides in self-control.

Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.

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