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Body language expert reveals how Emma Raducanu reacted to US Open win 

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Teenage tennis star Emma Raducanu showed in her stunning US Open victory yesterday that she was “a young woman of almost complete control and brimful of self-control,” claimed a body language expert.

The young athlete, from Bromley, became the first British woman to win a grand slam since Virginia Wade’s Wimbledon victory in 1977, with her 6-4, 6-3 victory over fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez in Flushing Meadows.

The astonishing win followed Emma stepping onto the scene at Wimbledon this year, where she became the youngest British woman to reach the fourth round of singles since 1959 after receiving a wildcard entry.

Body language expert Judi James told FEMAIL Emma that Emma finished the contest “looking like a confident but not arrogant leader” before “taking control of the post-match interview” with maturity and “determination.”

Expert Judi James said US Open winner Emma Raducanu’s body language during and after the match was “phenomenal” and showed “a remarkable amount of self-control.”

Emma finished the tournament 'as a confident but not arrogant leader', according to body language expert Judi James

Emma finished the tournament ‘as a confident but not arrogant leader’, according to body language expert Judi James

Emma’s incredible performances in New York and at the SW19 tournament have lifted her from 366th in the world rankings to the top 25, boosted her Instagram following to a staggering 1.2 million, and secured her first Vogue photo shoot, which appears in next month’s issue.

But if her body language is any clue, success is unlikely to go to her head, with Judi suggesting the teen showed great maturity during the match.

1. ARRIVED HUMBLE AND INDEPENDENTLY DISPLAYED IN COURT

Judi walked onto the court yesterday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and said Emma seemed 'humble' and did not indicate her 'status'

Judi walked onto the court yesterday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and said Emma seemed ‘humble’ and did not indicate her ‘status’

Judi walked onto the court yesterday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and said Emma seemed “humble” and did not indicate her “status”.

Pointing to the young athlete’s casual wave to the roaring crowd, she said: “Emma arrived using body language cues of modesty, such as her low-slung wave to the crowd, hand held below shoulder height, rather than raised in a signal.” of condition.’

Judi said: “Players reveal so much about their state of mind and the methods they use to motivate themselves for a win and this often means non-verbal cues or rituals of focus, such as sitting and staring during breaks in an attempt to visualize or stay ‘in the zone’, or more emotional outbursts or rituals such as tensing muscles or mumbling to oneself in anger.

“They need to be their own coaches during a match and Emma would especially need some dramatic self-sufficiency as the crowd mainly supported her opponent and her family was miles away in the UK.”

Despite the crowd cheering overwhelmingly for her opponent, Judi said Emma didn't

Despite the crowd cheering overwhelmingly for her opponent, Judi said Emma didn’t “seem to be struggling emotionally.”

Emma’s mother and father – Ian and Renee Raducanu from Romania and China respectively – were unable to attend the match due to Covid travel restrictions.

Despite their absence, however, Emma showed a remarkable amount of self-control, according to Judi, who said, “Emma looked so isolated there in front of a crowd clamoring for her opponent.

“However, we didn’t see any clear glances at her coach to indicate a desire for support, or more reflective moments to suggest she was struggling emotionally.”

She added: “Instead, we saw a young woman who was almost completely in charge and brimming with self-control.

“There was so little drama from her, even when she won.”

2. SHOW FOCUS – BUT WAS NOT GLADIATORIAL

Emma would 'make a fist shake to motivate or reward herself during a match, but the gesture often doesn't seem in line with the rest of her body position'

Emma would ‘make a fist shake to motivate or reward herself during a match, but the gesture often doesn’t seem in line with the rest of her body position’

Judi went on to say that Emma’s body language showed her focus, saying, “Describing Emma as a down to earth person is an understatement.

“During the match, this sense of calm self-control was also evident in her body language.

During the breaks, her only sign of burnout came from the double leg tremor she hid under her large towel, but above her waist she nibbled on bananas and even looked around at the crowd as if she were just another gambler.

“She even looked at her opponent a few times as if she felt she was playing a friendly rather than a Grand Slam title.

“Highest level players rarely look at each other or acknowledge each other until the game is over, and take a more ‘gladiator’ approach.”

Judi said: “Emma will make a fist-shaking gesture during a match to motivate or reward herself, but the gesture often seems inconsistent with the rest of her posture.

“Tensioning of the hand muscles is rarely accompanied by the normal angry facial expressions that players who see themselves as ‘warriors’ on the field will use.

“Compared to the temper tantrums of some of the other more experienced players, Emma is more like a school principal quietly winning a school tournament.”

4. DEFINITELY BUT NOT ARROGANT LEADER

And the teen also showed a maturity well beyond her young years in her post-match interview, with Judi saying she showed

And the teen also showed a maturity well beyond her young years in her post-match interview, with Judi saying she showed “no unruly excitement.”

And the teen also showed a maturity well beyond her young years in her post-match interview, with Judi saying she showed “no unruly excitement.”

Judi revealed: ‘She looked like a confident but not arrogant leader as she stood during her interview with her hands on her hips and her feet spread in a ritual of calm confidence and strength.

“Her blink rate was constant, indicating no adrenaline rush indicating stress or even uncontrollable arousal, and her eye contact with the interviewer suggests she’s not being phased by media demands.”

Judi said: ‘There were no pseudo-infantile displays of her, those are those bursts of ‘cute’ body language that can follow success, such as squeaking and tearing or self-deprecating rituals, such as legs crossed at the ankles, hands clasped tightly and shoulders shrugged. , or overcongruent emotional displays, such as grabbing the head; jump up and down; flinging the arms around in pretense of excitement or giggling loudly.

5. QUIETLY CONTROL THE INTERVIEW

Emma 'quietly and calmly took control' [her post match] interview watched by millions around the world,

Emma ‘quietly and calmly took control’ [her post match] interview watched by millions around the world,” said Judi

Emma’s calm demeanor continued throughout her post-tournament victory interview, with Judi saying she “quietly and calmly took control of this interview watched by millions around the world.”

She explained: ‘Her bright smile had to do with closed lips and a wrinkle in the eyes and nose, suggesting, while she was clearly happy, that she wasn’t overly impressed either.’

Judi continued: “Emma said what she wanted to say in a very polite but determined way. .’

She was even “very magnanimous” in the win, making sure to praise her opponent – 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez – at the beginning of the interview.

US Open champion Emma Raducanu was 'very magnanimous in the win', saw her hug 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez after beating her in the final

US Open champion Emma Raducanu was ‘very magnanimous in the win’, saw her hug 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez after beating her in the final

Emma Raducanu: Route to US Open Glory

Q1: 6-1, 6-2 – beats Bibiane Schoofs – QUALIFICATION

Q2: 6-3, 7-5 – beats Mariam Bolkvadze – QUALIFICATION

Q3: 6-1, 6-4 – beats Mayar Sherif – QUALIFICATION

R1: 6-2, 6-3 – beats Stefanie Vogele

R2: 6-2, 6-4 – beats Zhang Shuai

R3: 6-0, 6-1 – beats Sara Sorribes Tormo

R4: 6-2, 6-1 – beats Shelby Rogers

QF: 6-3, 6-4 – beats Belinda Bencic

SF: 6-1, 6-4 – beats Maria Sakkari

F: 6-4, 6-3 – beats Leylah Fernandez

Instead of answering the first question about herself, she put herself in control of the interview in a way that even mature politicians don’t often manage.

“Emma interrupts herself, pauses with a pinch of determination, and even when asked how she felt Virginia Wade supported her in the audience, she also referred to her other iconic supporter, Tim Henman.”

Judi added that after Emma’s win, there was “a moment on stage when everyone was hugging and cheering Leylah and the interviewer standing right in front of Emma and blocking her from view.”

But, she said, there was ‘not a trace of any diva attitude or self-pity of’ [Emma].’

The young athlete has previously received praise for her focus and attitude

James Carlton, Bromley Tennis Center manager – where Emma trained from ages 10 to 16 – told: Sky News the star was “incredibly determined and determined.”

He added: ‘She works very hard. The center is next to her school, so she would be here before, after and sometimes during.

“We often saw her working on her schoolwork between sessions.

“She was here every day and when she was on the track you could tell she put everything into it. To do that while retaining her education and academic world is even more impressive.’

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