“Drove My Legs Up Like Never Before”: Emma Raducanu on Her Thoughts Before Serving For Championship Point at US Open 2021

Published 10/03/2021, 5:48 AM EDT
Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


18-year-old Emma Raducanu broke into headlines after emerging as the champion of the US Open 2021. She defeated another rising star, Leylah Fernandez, in the finals to clinch the title and became the first British woman to conquer New York since Virginia Wade.

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Emma Raducanu registered her name in the history books after her US Open 2021 victory. Interestingly, she is the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam title.

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Emma Raducanu talks about the point that made her the US Open 2021 champion

In a recent interview with LTA, Raducanu recalled her championship-point serve against Leylah Fernandez. She won the final match with a brilliant ace and talked about the things that were going on in her mind before that serve.

“The funny thing is before this serve, I had missed the serve I took the whole match. So, the flat wide on the ad. Think I hit it into the net every single time the whole match,” said Raducanu in the interview.

Surprisingly, the British star missed her first serve on the championships point- the thing that worked for her really well throughout the US Open 2021. However, she didn’t give up and instead, delivered an ace on her second serve.

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Raducanu reveals what she said to herself right before taking the second serve

In the same interview, the 18-year-old disclosed that even though she missed the first serve, she wanted to win the match with an ace. It is because of this reason that she was constantly saying in her head that she was going to hit an ace.

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Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

“Before I went out, I was like you know what, I am going to go for it, and I am going to hit an ace- like I am going to hit an ace. So I actually said that in my head and I thought it was going to happen. So I am just so happy. I drove my legs up like never before,” added the US Open 2021 champion.

After her brilliant US Open campaign, Emma Raducanu will now be playing at the Indian Wells Masters 2021. Will she be able to continue her dream run and succeed at the upcoming Masters tournament as well?

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