Emma Raducanu reveals she was more nervous about the Met Gala red carpet than playing in the US Open final
Raducanu defeated Leylah Fernandez in the final on Saturday to cap off a Cinderella run, having entered the event as a qualifier and won the title without dropping a set.
The 18-year old has seen her stock rise in the short time since her astounding victory, attending the Met Gala on Monday and sharing the red carpet with stars like Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams and Venus Williams. However, the newly minted World No.23 revealed that she found herself more intimidated when being photographed at the prestigious Gala than when playing in the US Open final.
"It was funny because I was more nervous standing and waiting to take the photos at the Met than going out onto Arthur Ashe Stadium," admitted Raducanu in an interview with the WTA. "Because it was such a different experience. It was a bit more intimidating at the start but then I feel like I've learned that I can adapt quite quickly and learn on the job."
Nonetheless, the British star enjoyed herself and claims the Met Gala was an enlightening experience.
"I think that it's really cool to be able to meet people and interact with people in different industries," added Raducanu. "At the Met Gala everyone is so experienced and so accomplished in their own way and it was really cool to hear how they are and their perspective on things. It was quite an eye-opening experience.
"I think that I don't find anything too intimidating, I think? It's just quite a nice thing to do because I'm learning so much about myself and what's happening in the whole process of trying to adjust to things I probably wouldn't have done before. But I've had fun doing the things I've done so far."