British tennis star Emma Raducanu is thrilled to have returned to the practice court.
Raducanu, 18, made all the headlines after winning the US Open as a qualifier.
Raducanu, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 22 in the world, became the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam.
Raducanu won a total of 10 matches — all in straight sets — over three weeks at the US Open.
This week, Raducanu returned to the practice court as she has accepted a wild card into next week’s Indian Wells Masters.
“I got back on court a few days ago. I was feeling pretty good about myself and my game, and I am very excited to compete again. All the opportunities I am getting have been very fun, but where I really want to be is on the tennis court, as I’m just thriving out there.”
Winning Grand Slam a dream come true for Raducanu
“I mean, it’s an absolute dream. You just have visions of yourself going up to the box, hugging everyone, I mean, celebrating. That’s something that you always think of, you always work for,” Raducanu said shortly after winning the title.
“For that moment to actually happen, yeah, I’m just so grateful for my team that are here with me, the team that are back home, the LTA, every single person who supported me along this journey.”
Raducanu always dreamed of winning a Grand Slam but when it happened she couldn’t believe it.
“Yeah, the visions I had, they were from pretty early on, I would say. I’ve always dreamed of winning a Grand Slam. You just say these things. You say, I want to win a Grand Slam. But to have the belief I did, and actually executing, winning a Grand Slam, I can’t believe it,” Raducanu noted.