Emma Raducanu was having the time of her life in New York last night after winning the US Open.
The 18-year-old became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam in 44 years and her famous victory will go down in history as one of the great sporting stories.
A qualifier in just her second Grand Slam, winning it all in such circumstances had never been done before, but the Bromley star did. And she didn’t drop a set at all in her 10 matches.
Raducanu could scarcely believe the magnitude of her own victory, but as she sat in her chair soaking in the moment there was a lovely shot of her singing along to Sweet Caroline.
The Neil Diamond anthem was played at Arthur Ashe Stadium and the British fans were in brilliant voice belting it out, and our new tennis queen was loving every moment.
The tune was the anthem of the summer as the England football team adopted it on their brilliant run to the Euro 2020 final, sadly losing in the final to Italy.
Raducanu did not suffer the same heartbreak as England’s football heroes and claimed a famous victory.
With the US Open trophy in her arms, Raducanu said: “I’ve always dreamed of winning a grand slam. 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.
“I first started when I was a little girl but I think the biggest thing that you have visions of, for me it was just winning, the winning moment, and going to celebrate with your team in the box. That’s been playing in my head a couple of nights. I’ve fallen asleep to that.”
Raducanu’s run has been marked by an almost preternatural calmness, which included shutting out the excitement and hype her achievements have generated back home.
The teenager has been inundated with congratulatory messages, including from the Queen, but she said: “I still haven’t checked my phone.
“I have absolutely no idea what’s going on outside of the little world that we’re in here. We’ve just been in the quiet room, just enjoying the moment, taking it all in. I think today we just really need to shut out from everything, just enjoy it as a team, because it was a team effort.
“I have no idea when I’m going home. I have no idea what I’m doing tomorrow. I definitely think it’s the time to just switch off from any future thoughts or any plans, any schedule. I’ve got absolutely no clue. Right now, no care in the world, I’m just loving life.”
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