Emma Raducanu reveals she spent her first night back in London watching her US Open final win

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Emma Raducanu arrived back in Bromley five days on from her US Open triumph  (AFP via Getty Images)
Emma Raducanu arrived back in Bromley five days on from her US Open triumph (AFP via Getty Images)

Emma Raducanu has revealed that she spent her first night back in the United Kingdom since her stunning US Open triumph re-living her final victory.

The 18-year-old returned to her home in Bromley on Thursday, five days on from an extraordinary maiden Grand Slam title.

And first on the to-do list for the teenage tennis star was to watch back a replay of her win over Leylah Fernandez.

“I think it’s gradually sinking in a bit more,” Raducanu told BBC Breakfast. “Last night I re-watched the final and tried to relive a couple of the moments and remember how it felt.

“But it’s still such a whirlwind of an experience. I’ve loved every moment of it. It is something that is very difficult to fully comprehend.

“When I was watching it, it almost feels like that’s not me who’s playing and pulling off some of those shots. I knew exactly what was going to happen but still there’s some very tense moments and I was really proud of how I came through some moments.

“And the timeout at the end, I didn’t realise how stressful that was watching on TV.”

Both of Raducanu’s parents work in finance and the 18-year-old has not yet treated herself to anything special despite winning £1.8 million with her New York fairytale.

Raducanu also revealed that she had spoken to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“It was really nice of him and he congratulated me,” she said. “But we also spoke about how we both wanted to try to inspire more kids in grassroots tennis and get more young children involved.

“Hopefully my win can show you can live a normal life and achieve great things.”

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