Emma Raducanu reveals she was 'a very shy little girl' before tennis as she opens up on childhood ahead of US Open final

EMMA RADUCANU has opened up on her shyness ahead of her US Open final clash with Leylah Fernandez on Saturday evening.

The British teenager has revealed how sport helped her come out of her shell and insists 'you can achieve anything you want' after a stunning rise.

Speaking to Vogue, Raducanu, 18, said: "I was a very shy little girl who didn’t talk much at all.

"And through playing sport, and having to be bold on the court and fearless and fight, it’s given me inner strength.

"If you have that, then you can really achieve whatever you want."

Raducanu has enjoyed a remarkable summer, reaching the second week at Wimbledon and winning NINE games to reach the US Open final.

She will become the first British woman since Virginia Wade in 1977 to win a Grand Slam Singles title with victory against Fernandez, 19.

Raducanu will also bag £1.8MILLION and become the tenth youngest winner in Grand Slam history if she beats her Canadian opponent.


Raducanu has also praised her parents for boosting her confidence and giving her the desire to become a sporting icon.

The youngster was raised on the outskirts of London by her Chinese mother Renee and Romanian father Ian, who both work in finance.

Raducanu added: "I think the confidence comes from just inner belief. My mum comes from a Chinese background, they have very good self-belief.

"It’s not necessarily about telling everyone how good you are, but it’s about believing it within yourself. I really respect that about the culture.

"He [my dad] is all about being different and not caring what other people may have thought at the time."

Raducanu also admitted her parents are the people she wants to impress the most, not tennis legends of yesteryear.

She explained: "They’re very tough to please and have high expectations, so that's a big driving factor as to why I want to perform.

"I think they’ve done a really great job [at keeping her grounded] because I don’t feel like anything is different, in a way. I was straight back to work.

"And I think that’s a result of many years of them just being super-focused, and not getting too high, but at the same time, not getting too low when the losses come.

"[After the Wimbledon defeat] they said, 'I’m proud of you.' That was all I needed."

And Raducanu elaborated on her love for motorsport after watching Sir Lewis Hamilton win the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July.

After finishing her dream US Open journey at Flushing Meadows, the tennis star aims to get her motorbike licence 'so I can get back out there.'

Raducanu explained: "When I was younger, I was the only girl in my group karting or doing motocross, and I thought it was pretty cool."

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