US Open winner Emma Raducanu, 18, admits I thought Id be home in a week

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US Open tennis champion Emma Raducanu has admitted she expected to be 'home in a week'.

The 18 year old British athlete appeared on primetime American television after her historic win, telling the Today Show "three weeks ago I did not think she would last the whole trip".

"I thought that I would be home in a week, after qualifying,” she said. "I have just been doing my best to take care of every single day to the best of my ability.

"Now three weeks later the time has flown and I was holding the trophy at the end. It was the best time of my life," Emma gushed.


Continuing on with her whirlwind media tour in New York, she then appeared on Good Morning America where she revealed that her "very hard to please" parents are "so happy and proud" of her following her epic win.

"I think that from a young age, I've always sort of been brought up to have mental strength. My parents, you know, they played a huge part in my upbringing," she said.

The teen added: "They were pretty tough on me when I was young, but it kind of shaped the way and I think now it's helping on the biggest stages in the world and Arthur Ashe Stadium when you really need it and it was basically a full capacity – so it was very, very cool. '

Emma's parents were unable to attend the US Open due to the States' strict Covid-19 visa rules.

However, when speaking to them over the phone after her win, Emma said that they were "just so happy and proud of me".

"They're my toughest critics and very, very hard to please, but I got them with this one," she said while laughing.

Emma's father Ian hails from Bucharest in Romania, while her mother Renee is from Sheyang in China.

They moved to the UK when Emma was just two, and she started to play tennis at aged five.

Emma is very proud of her diverse heritage, and she states it in her Twitter bio, with: "London/Toronto/Shenyang/Bucharest."

Emma's father was keen to push her hobbies and interests and took his daughter to do horse riding, swimming, tap dancing, basketball, skiing, golf, go-karting and motocross, all alongside her tennis practice.

Discussing her parents previously, Emma once said: "They have been very tough on me as a kid.

"They have been pushy to an extent, not just in tennis but in everything. I think that I've developed that mentality since a young age.

"My mum's side of the family, when I go over to China, they are so mentally resilient. It's like nothing can bring them down.

"I would say I take a big part of my inspiration from her. My mum has worked very hard."

Emma is believed to speak Mandarin with her mum at home, and they visit her father's family in Bucharest when they can too.

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