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Emma Raducanu says she is still on 'cloud nine' after her US Open triumph

Emma Raducanu beat Leyla Fernandez in Saturday's final to become first British woman to win a Grand Slam in 44 years; 18-year-old hints her next tournament could be Indian Wells; Raducanu says she is planning to rest for a few days before returning to training

US Open Women's Singles Champion Emma Raducanu at the 2021 US Open, Saturday, Sep. 11, 2021 in Flushing, NY. (Pete Staples/USTA via AP)
Image: Raducanu's US Open win has seen her rise to 23rd in the latest world rankings

Emma Raducanu has admitted to still being on "cloud nine" after her stunning US Open victory and plans a few days of rest before she is back playing tennis again.

The 18-year-old defeated Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3 at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday to become Great Britain's first female grand slam winner in 44 years.

In an interview with the WTA, Raducanu hinted her next tournament could be at Indian Wells in October.

"After the US Open I wanted to give myself this week to completely switch off from tennis because it's been an extremely intense but rewarding seven weeks", she said. "But I've worked very hard to finish on such a high with the US Open, a whole week off was needed.

"I know I'll get back to work probably Monday or early next week to get back to training again. Schedule-wise, I'm not sure. Maybe Indian Wells, I don't know. I'm going back to London before my next tournament for sure."

Her appearance at Flushing Meadows was only Raducanu's second at a major and the new world No 23 has made headlines across the globe, appeared on various TV channels in the United States and she also attended the Met Gala on Monday.

A day later the player from Kent ticked off another long-term aspiration when she visited Wall Street.

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US Open champion Emma Raducanu says she has a few days of rest and recovery planned before she returns to playing tennis. Credit: CNBC Closing Bell

"I am on cloud nine but so excited to be here on New York Stock Exchange. It was one of the places on my bucket list before leaving New York and I'm just so excited and grateful to everyone who made this possible," Raducanu told CNBC's Closing Bell programme on Tuesday.

"I have a few days' rest and recovery (coming up), I think needed after the last seven weeks but then I am straight back to training and hungry to get better and come back out and play some more tournaments."

Raducanu only completed her A-levels earlier in the summer, achieving A* in mathematics and an A in economics at Newstead Wood School in Orpington.

The teenager revealed she always had a big interest in the New York Stock Exchange, adding: "It is something I have been studying at school, in my A-levels.

"I just always had a keen interest. My parents were both in finance and to see it live is incredible."

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