Indian Wells: Tennis star Emma Raducanu reflects on US Open win as she prepares to return to action – “it’s been a really cool three weeks” | UK News
US Open champion Emma Raducanu said it was “three very cool weeks” after her historic victory, as she prepares to return to action at Indian Wells.
The 18-year-old from Bromley, south-east London, has become one of the the biggest names in women’s tennis after his victory in New York and set to return to the field at the BNP Paribas Open later this week.
This will be the teenager’s first participation in the tournament, and her opening match will be against Colombian Maria Camila Osorio Serrano or Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
If she wins her first match, she could face two-time Romanian Grand Slam champion Simona Halep.
Speaking in his pre-tournament press conference, Raducanu said: “It’s been a very cool three weeks. I have to go through some great things that I probably never would have had to do before, but after that, I just came straight back to train and focus on this competition and the next ones that I have planned. “
The tennis star, who now has over two million Instagram followers, attributed “thinking nothing differently” to how she got to this point in her career and said she “really didn’t want to. change nothing “.
“If I put some extra thoughts in my head, that will only create a problem, I think. I’m just going to go about my business and stay the same,” she added.
Since her triumph at the US Open – which saw her become the first British female Grand Slam winner since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977 – Raducanu has been spotted on the red carpet of the premiere of the new James Bond movie, No time to die.
She even managed to fit into a quick match with the Duchess of Cambridge at an event in South West London.
However, the teenager made it clear that playing competitively on the tennis court was what she wanted to do the most.
She is currently work without a permanent coach, having decided not to turn his short-term deal with Andrew Richardson, who helps him win the US Open title, into something permanent.
Throughout the Indian Wells, Raducanu is expected to work with former British number one Jeremy Bates, but he primarily coaches Katie Boulter alongside a role as the National Women’s Coach for the Lawn Tennis Association.
“Even though I’m pretty young I have a lot of banking experience and at the end of the day you’re on your own and you have to be your own coach on the pitch so I’m pretty comfortable,” she said.
The tournament is one of the largest on the WTA and ATP tours and is taking place for the first time since March 2019, having been canceled last year and then postponed from this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.