Emma Raducanu clinched a life-changing amount of money with her victory over Leylah Fernandez in the 2021 US Open final.
Emma Raducanu isn’t about to spend big despite pocketing £1.8 million in prize money for her sensational US Open triumph.
After having to win three matches just to qualify for the main draw at Flushing Meadows, the 18-year-old then produced a remarkable run to win through to the final without dropping a set. She capped it off with a 6-4 6-3 win over Leylah Fernandez to become the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam.
The 18-year-old’s winnings, unsurprisingly, equate to more than her entire career earnings to date, but she won’t be celebrating with a lavish shopping spree.
In fact, her primary concern is replacing some lost AirPods, which went missing before her first qualifying match.
The planned purchase will set her back about £160.
“There’s a running joke in my team because before my first round qualifying match I lost my AirPods and I was basically running around the changing room like three minutes before my call to go on trying to find it but I lost it,” she told ESPN after her final win.
“I was thinking to myself, ‘You know what, if you win this match you can buy yourself a pair of AirPods’ and that’s become the running joke!”
Despite her modest intentions, life is likely to never be the same again for Raducanu, who became the first British woman to capture a Grand Slam title since Virgina Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.
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However, in her post-match press conference she insisted she hadn’t even contemplated her new found fame: “I haven’t thought of any of that, to be honest. After the match, I just showered, same routines as always.
“I’m not even thinking about, like, when I’m going home. I have no idea when I’m going home. I have no idea what I’m doing tomorrow. I’m just really trying to embrace the moment, really take it all in.
“I definitely think it’s the time to just switch off from any future thoughts or any plans, any schedule. I’ve got absolutely no clue. Right now, no care in the world, I’m just loving life.”
Raducanu’s unprecedented run in New York also worked wonders for her world ranking, as well as her career earnings.
Having began the tournament ranked 150 in the world, she will rise to 23 when the WTA rankings are updated on Monday.