Rising British star Emma Raducanu always dreamed of winning a Grand Slam title but it felt surreal after she achieved her goal. Raducanu, 18, beat Canada's Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 in the US Open final to win her maiden Grand Slam title.
"Yeah, the visions I had, they were from pretty early on, I would say. I've always dreamed of winning a Grand Slam. You just say these things. You say, I want to win a Grand Slam. But to have the belief I did, and actually executing, winning a Grand Slam, I can't believe it," Raducanu said.
"I first started when I was a little girl, but I think the biggest thing that you have visions of is, for me it was just winning, the winning moment, and going to celebrate with your team in the box, trying to find your way up to the box, just seeing them after the match.
That's been playing in my head, like, a couple nights. Like I've fallen asleep to that (smiling)."
Raducanu becomes the first British female Major winner since 1977
Raducanu entered the tournament ranked at No.
150 in the world and she had to go through the qualifying event. After winning three qualifying matches, Raducanu won seven main draw matches. As a result, Raducanu became the first player in tennis history to win a Grand Slam as a qualifier.
"Yeah, I think that in the UK, Great Britain, Virginia Wade, she achieved such great results. She's an absolute legend. She was watching my match. I was super honored," Raducanu said. "For me I don't feel absolutely any pressure.
I'm still only 18 years old. I'm just having a free swing as anything that comes my way. That's how I faced every match here in the States. Yeah, it got me this trophy, so I don't think I should change anything."