On Saturday, in the final of the US Open, 18-year-old Radukanu beat 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez-6: 4, 6: 3. The Briton became the first winner of a Grand Slam tournament who made it out of qualifying. Raducanu did not give her opponents a single set at the tournament. The Briton, who has not previously won at WTA tournaments, won a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career. Raducanu became the first British winner of the US Open since 1968 when Virginia Wade won the tournament. The representatives of Great Britain had not won a Grand Slam tournament since 1977, when Wade became the best at Wimbledon.
“This is an absolute dream. You imagine how you approach the loge, hug everyone, and celebrate. This moment has really come; I am so grateful. I don’t feel any pressure. I’m only 18 years old. I take a relaxed approach to everything that gets in my way. This is how I treated every match here in the USA. It brought me a trophy, so I don’t think I should change anything,” Agence France-Presse quoted Raducanu as saying.
“The biggest triumph for me is that I managed to not think about anything other than my game plan, about what I’m going to do. This is definitely the most important thing that probably helped me win this title. I have no idea when I’m going home. I have no idea what I’m going to do tomorrow. I think it’s time to disconnect from any thoughts about the future, any plans, any schedule. I don’t understand anything at all. Right now, there are no worries; I love life,” the tennis player said.
Fernandez said after the game that reaching the final of the US Open will not greatly affect her life.
“I don’t think it will change my life much. I am lucky; I have a good team and family, they will leave me grounded. I will think about this defeat for a long time. It will motivate me to be better in training, to be better at the next opportunity that I get. I have significantly improved not only in tennis but also emotionally and psychologically. The most important lesson I have learned is how to recover after so many big victories in a row. After each victory, I was so happy, so excited. I just wanted to get back on the court and play again,” Fernandez was quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse.