“Her Time is Yet to Come”: Emma Raducanu’s Former Coach Issues Stern Warning After US Open Success

Published 10/05/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
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.


Emma Raducanu accomplished what nobody expected of her at the US Open 2021. The 18-years old cruised from the qualifying stages to lift her maiden Grand Slam trophy at the Flushing Meadows. The Brit dominated all the players on her way, without dropping a single set throughout the tournament.

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In the final of the US Open, Raducanu defeated the Canadian, Leylah Fernandez, in straight sets. In her second Grand Slam appearance, Emma Raducanu recorded a historic victory. Raducanu’s former coach, Roman Kelicic, answered some questions about the 18-year-old’s achievement.

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Former coach, Roman Kelicic, admires Emma Raducanu

Following her triumph at US Open 2021, Emma Raducanu has jumped from 150 to 22 in the WTA rankings.

Roman Kelicic, who coached Raducanu from age 14 to 16, firmly believes she has the capability of becoming one of the best players in the world. In an interview, he said, “Definitely, she has the potential to be a superstar. I think that now the strength of her upbringing will come to the fore. Her father is Romanian, her mother is Chinese, there was no relaxation in her growing up. The rules are known and the rules are followed.”

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; (L-R) Leylah Fernandez of Canada and Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrate with the finalist and championship trophy (respectively) after their match 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

Kelicic stressed the importance of Raducanu’s strict upbringing and her focused mentality. He continued, “She has hardened, she is extremely strong psychologically. I don’t think she will have that fate of players who shine, so then they are nowhere to be found. It is simply destined for success. Her time is yet to come, and as her greatest virtue, I single out a strong head.” 

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Raducanu will be playing at Indian Wells

The US Open champion has received a wild card for the main draw of BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. This will be her first appearance on the Tour since her incredible triumph.

Moreover, the competition will witness some fine talents such as Simona Halep, Kim Clijsters, Elina Svitolina, Iga Swiatek, and so on. It will be intriguing to look at how Raducanu approaches this challenge.

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Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain hits a forehand 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
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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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