'Got them': Emma Raducanu's 'tough' family admission after US Open win

·Sports Reporter
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Emma Raducanu (pictured left) at the Met Gala and (pictured right) after winning the US Open.
Emma Raducanu (pictured) said her biggest critics are her parents, but they were thrilled after her US Open triumph. (Getty Images)

British teen sensation Emma Raducanu has revealed her biggest critics are her parents after stunning the sport world and winning the US Open in phenomenal fashion.

The 18-year-old Brit became an overnight tennis superstar after becoming the first women's player to win the US Open after qualifying.

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And she did it without dropping a set.

Raducanu stormed onto the world stage as a Wimbledon wildcard earlier this year, she was ranked 338 in the world.

Fast forward two months and the British teen has rocketed into the top 25 of women's tennis after her historic triumph at the US Open.

Following her win, Raducanu stunned fans after her appearance at the Met Gala in New York.

One would suggest Raducanu has enjoyed a magical fortnight.

But, according to the teen, her biggest critics throughout her journey is her parents.

Appearing on NBC Today after her historic triumph, Raducanu said she finally 'got' her parents with the US Open title.

Raducanu said her parents were "proud and happy" of her.

She also added: "They're my toughest critics and so hard to please - but I got them this time!"

Unfortunately Romanian father, Ian, and Chinese mother, Renee, were unable to attend Raducanu's crowning moment at the US Open due to visa issues.

However, Raducanu did make waves in China after her win after sharing a message to her fans in Mandarin.

Raducanu said she was inspired by China's two-time major winner Li Na and Simona Halep while growing up.

Emma Raducanu's rise in the rankings

The 18-year-old then famously became the first qualifier in the history of tennis to claim the title at Flushing Meadows after beating Leylah Fernandez in straight sets in the women's decider.

Her history-making triumph saw Raducanu gain a remarkable 127 spots in the latest world rankings released by the WTA - which puts Raducanu as the world's 23rd ranked female player.

That's an extraordinary 325 places above where she started before Wimbledon, just two months ago.

By winning the US Open as a qualifier, Raducanu earned 2,040 points and jumped 127 spots to overtake Johanna Konta as the highest-ranked woman from Britain.

Raducanu credited her trips abroad during her age-group tournaments for developing the confidence to succeed on bigger stages.

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