It’s been a 48 hour whirlwind for Emma Raducanu as her new life as one of the sport’s biggest names begins.
Just three weeks ago, she was Bromley’s relatively unknown 18-year-old and ranked 150th tennis player in the world.
That didn’t give him an automatic entry to the US Open and had to win three games to get into the main draw.
What happened next was nothing short of remarkable as she became the very first qualifier to win a grand slam when she beat compatriot Leylah Fernandez in the final.
Raducanu also became the first British woman to win a major title since Virginia Wade in 1977.
Fans around the world have been captivated by its story and catapulted it into the general public.
She became popular with Chinese tennis fans thanks to her message delivered in Mandarin, a language she speaks fluently with her mother, Renee, from Shenyang.
Even Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he was a Raducanu fan at a press conference on Tuesday.
After raising $ 2.5 million for winning the US Open, she stayed in New York to do a bit of sightseeing and was blown away by some of the things that happened.
She even saw her face glued to the famous Times Square electronic billboards, and she posed for a photo with them in the background.
Raducanu has also appeared on the television screens of millions of people as she appeared on Good Morning America and The Today Show in the United States.
Both shows attract around three million viewers every day and she took the opportunity to talk about her parents, who had to watch from their home in south-east London due to travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“These are my toughest critics, they’re very hard to please but I got them with this one,” she told Good Morning America. “It was really nice talking to them after I won. They were so happy and proud of me.
Raducanu then joined top celebrities on the red carpet at the Met Gala on Monday night, where she rubbed shoulders with Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Serena Williams, F1 champion Lewis Hamilton and countless others.
The teenager even received the John Terry treatment, as a savvy fan photoshopped the Chelsea legend in a full kit celebrating his victory – in remembrance of the 2012 Champions League final.
She will soon be bringing her US Open trophy back to Bromley, restoring a global superstar with millions of new fans.
And one of them is Liverpool boss Klopp who admits he will now see more of women’s tennis after seeing Raducanu’s brilliant performance in the final.
He called the Briton’s powerful display “inspiring”.
“I watched the final and it was absolutely impressive,” said Klopp.
“It’s been a long time since I watched a full tennis match, it’s [even longer] ever since watching a full women’s tennis match, and I was really impressed with the power, the speed and the overall match.
“These two girls were 18 and 19 and what they showed was extremely impressive. Then we also watched the trophy ceremonies and the two girls, how they were talking at 18 and 19, it was inspiring to be honest.
“Maybe even more than tennis, and it was pretty inspiring. I was absolutely overwhelmed with the way they presented themselves.
“Fernandez was obviously disappointed to have lost the match, and rightly so because it was very close. Emma showed great respect for her. They knew and hoped they would face each other again in the future and in the future. other finals.
“So it was just a beautiful display of elite sportsmanship, elite sport. How humble you can be when you’re so young but on top of the world. It was really cool and that’s what it is. I have [as a football manager] can draw from it.
“About tennis history, I don’t know enough about it, but when you’re 18 and can win the US Open, she’s definitely the talent of the century, but without hard work it isn’t. is not possible to be there.
“Seeing her smile during the game is just the most beautiful thing. I will be watching women’s tennis a lot more now than in the past few years.
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