sports

‘That’s insane!’ – Emma Raducanu’s amazing reaction to finding out she’s now world No.23


The teenager has risen 322 places since the start of the year (Pictures: Amazon Prime Video)

Emma Raducanu was completely oblivious to the fact she is now ranked world number 23 after winning the US Open final with a stunning straight sets victory over Leylah Fernandez.

The 18-year-old from Bromley, who was sitting her A Levels just a few months ago, became the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam and did so in breath-taking fashion, not dropping a single set across her 10 matches and three weeks in New York.

She started the year ranked No.345 in the world before rising to No.150 prior to the start of the US Open, with her fairytale victory moving her up to No.23 and making her the British number one.

Raducanu beat Fernandez 6-4 6-3 to claim her first Grand Slam (Picture: Getty)

Over the course of the last nine months, Raducanu has risen 322 places in the rankings, though she had no idea her ascent had been quite so meteoric and was stunned when she was informed of the news.

In an interview with Amazon Prime Video, Raducanu’s new ranking was mentioned offhand and the youngster interrupted laughing: ‘Wow! I didn’t know that! That’s insane!’

The interviewer replied, ‘Ah, okay, well, you’re world number 23 – what do you make of that then? And what happens next for you because you’re going to get automatic entry into tournaments aren’t you?’

Raducanu continued: ‘Yeah! No idea that’s what my ranking went to! Three months ago I was in an exam hall so… it’s incredible.

Watch Raducanu’s stunned reaction from 00:56 below:

‘I haven’t thought about my schedule at all. I just want to really enjoy the moment and cherish every second of this day because it’s the best day ever.’

Reflecting on her US Open win, she continued: ‘It’s pretty unbelievable. Never did I think when I came here to New York that I would walk away with the title.

Raducanu has stormed up the WTA rankings over the summer (Picture: Getty)

‘We were joking about making it a three-week stay here but it actually happened and I think the key to that has just been really focusing on one point at a time.

‘I haven’t got ahead of myself in any moment in any of the matches, so that’s something that I’m very proud of and I managed to stay extremely focused and it managed to get me the title.’

Raducanu’s incredible displays at Flushing Meadows mean she is now guaranteed to enter the main draw at the Australian Open next year, the next Grand Slam on the calendar. Similarly, defeated opponent Fernandez will move up to No.27 after being ranked No.73 just two weeks ago.


MORE :
Emma Raducanu reveals the first thing she will spend her $2.5m US Open prize money on


MORE : Emma Raducanu: More than 9million viewers tune into Channel 4 to watch tennis star soar to victory in US Open women’s final

For more stories like this, check our sport page

Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on FacebookTwitter and Instagram





READ SOURCE

See also  Morgan Lake gives GB reason for cheer as USA claim Athletics World Cup

Leave a Reply

This website uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you accept our use of cookies.  Learn more