mma Raducanu made a winning comeback in Britain beating Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse in the ATP Champions Tour at the Royal Albert Hall.
Raducanu was playing at home for the first time since his historic triumph at the US Open in September.
The 19-year-old, who is Britain’s first Grand Slam champion in 44 years, faced her friend and striking partner Ruse in an exhibition match and won 6-3 7-6.
Raducanu said: “It was amazing to play at home in front of everyone. I felt it from the minute I walked out, it was an amazing atmosphere. I really enjoyed playing here.
“I started my preseason this week, Tuesday. I did a lot of fitness and not so much tennis so I was a little nervous going out and playing in front of everyone.
“It’s pretty amazing how everything has changed in a year. It just shows that if you continue to focus on your own work and stay focused, anything can happen. “
When asked what his plans were now, Raducanu said: “I do a training season and work hard on my fitness. And then I go to the Middle East to finish my preseason, spend Christmas. there, then fly to Australia from the 27th. “
Next year will be Raducanu’s first complete on the Main Tour. She added: “For me my expectations of myself are to keep improving, I want to look back at the end of the year and see that I have made gains in different areas.
“I know it will take a lot of patience to get to where I want to be and smooth out that consistency. It’s about developing physical strength.
“This will be my first calendar year on the tour, it will be a cool experience to play a full program. I can’t wait to learn, I’m still quite young. We will learn and improve.”
Raducanu is the frontrunner to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year next month.
But when asked in the field if she had prepared the speeches of her winners, she replied: “No, certainly not.
“I’m rooting for Lewis [Hamilton] in the race (F1 championship). He’s been such a good role model for me, just helping me through these next steps.
“He’s a really cool person. It’s very tight in the race, only eight points, so we’ll see.