Emma Raducanu Reveals How She is Dealing with Fame Following US Open Glory

Published 10/05/2021, 11:57 PM EDT
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


In a day’s time, 18-year-old US Open champion Emma Raducanu will make her first appearance at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California. More interestingly, it will be her first tournament as a WTA Grand Slam champion. Hence, expectations will be at an all-time high, with critics wondering, will she rise against the pressure or fall victim to it?

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As per the teenager, she is optimistic about her game and is looking forward to changing nothing. Moreover, Raducanu also claimed that “thinking differently” is not going to help her. But it is indeed easier said than done.

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More importantly, the Brit hasn’t won a single WTA Tour-level match so far. Therefore, it would be a unique challenge for her as she finds her permanent place on the Tour.

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Emma Raducanu on entering Indian Wells as the reigning US Open champion

Undoubtedly, the weight of playing a tournament as a Grand Slam champion is immeasurable. Considering Emma Raducanu‘s experience on the Tour, it seems even more frightening. However, confidence is the key, and the Englishwoman has enough of it.

“What got me to this point is not thinking anything differently,” Raducanu told the Guardian. “If I just put additional thoughts in my head, then that will just create a problem. I am just going to keep going on about my business and stay the same.”

Britain’s Emma Raducanu poses with the U.S. Open tennis championship trophy after her match against Leylah Fernandez of Canada in the women’s singles final the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, U.S., September 11, 2021. Picture taken September 11, 2021. Michael Frey/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Naturally, Raducanu received enormous fame after her US Open glory. However, she remains her humble self, focused on what’s next for her on the WTA Tour.

“When I was at home, I still didn’t really go out,” Raducanu added. “I didn’t go to a restaurant or anything. I was just at home with my family, I got some really cool invitations. It felt nice to receive the support and everyone’s kind messages and kind words, but yeah, I didn’t really get too caught up in it. I just focused on my tennis and my training.”

Sep 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain hits a shot against Shuai Zhang of China in a second round match on day four of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

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Who will Raducanu play against in Indian Wells?

Setting aside all being said, a showdown on the court awaits. Notably, Emma will begin her campaign against either Maria Camila Osorio Serrano or Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round. Raducanu could also potentially meet two-time Grand Slam champion and her icon, Simona Halep in the third round.

Sep 9, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates after her match against Maria Sakkari of Greece (not pictured) on day eleven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Do you think Raducanu will play pressure-free and go deep in the desert or will she sink to the weight of these expectations?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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