Hugs and homemade dumplings were among Emma Raducanu’s favorite celebrations when she returned home as US Open champion.
The 18-year-old Raducanu made history as the first qualifier—male or female—to win a Grand Slam singles title at the US Open.
Raducanu told BBC Breakfast the highlight of her first night home were hugs from her parents and feasting on mom Renee’s “really good homemade dumplings” part of a simple celebration with family.
“They just gave me a hug when I came back,” Raducanu told BBC Breakfast. “Nothing crazy, no big celebration. They are just staying discreet and some reassurance in saying they’re proud of me is enough.”
The night of her US Open triumph over Canadian Leylah Fernandez, Raducanu, coach Andrew Richardson and the rest of her support team drove back to Manhattan on “sort of a party bus” and celebrated singing their lungs out to the Killers “Mr. Brightside” and Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.”
“There was a lot of music and we were all just singing along,” Raducanu told BBC Breakfast. “Then we had a really nice night just talking until early in the morning, reflecting on the whole experience and what an amazing time it’s been.”
So what’s next for the new Grand Slam champion who is the first woman since Virginia Wade in 1977 to win a major singles crown?
Rest and recovery is on Raducanu’s immediate agenda with an Indian Wells wild card awaiting if she chooses to accept it.
“I haven’t actually discussed my tournament schedule yet,” Raducanu said. “Because of the change in my ranking the tournament options change slightly. I need to discuss and sit down and see what’s next for me.
“I’ve had a very long and intense seven weeks. I really need some time to rest and recover because it’s been very demanding physically and emotionally to withstand seven weeks on the road. I really need to recover, rejuvenate and next time I’ll be ready to go to whichever tournament I choose.”
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