She said she’d always taught her, as a young girl, to be “kind, polite and nice to people” – something that is evident in the way she’s handled herself this tennis season.
Asked how she feels to see her daughter making British history, she added: “Of course, I’m very proud of her. But I’ve never told anyone I’m the grandmother of a Grand Slam champion.
“I am a very modest woman, and I don’t want people to think I’m bragging. When Emma puts her mind to it, she will get it. She was always a fighter.”
Her historic US Open win has seen the British star move up to number 23 in the world rankings.
Her next chance for success is a little while off now, but we’ll see Emma return to the courts in January for the Australian Open. And an 88-year-old woman in a little flat in Bucharest is sure to be watching too.