“Sore and Hoarse From Screaming”: Former Coach Gets Emotional While Addressing Emma Raducanu’s US Open 2021 Triumph

Published 09/12/2021, 11:23 AM PDT
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


British tennis fans surely will have surely rejoiced like never before on Saturday night. After an overwhelming victory for teenage sensation Emma Raducanu, the nation celebrated the historic win like never before. For a country that has champions such as Andy Murray and Tim Henman, the success of Emma Raducanu is surely an emotional moment. Even at Emma’s former tennis club, members, including her former coach, gathered to cheer her on from home.

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In a whirlwind couple of weeks, the 18-year-old defied all odds. She overcame ten challenges in the course of three weeks to lift the silverware at the end of it all. What’s even more amazing, is the fact that Raducanu did not concede a single set this year in New York. Undoubtedly, this will go down as one of the most unbelievable campaigns in the history of Flushing Meadows. Back at home, there was a huge gathering in South London, a place very close to Emma’s heart.

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Former coach of Emma Raducanu gets emotional at her US Open win

Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain (L) hugs Leylah Fernandez of Canada (R) 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

Just as Emma Raducanu was soaring under the hot conditions in Arthur Ashe stadium, a large crowd met at her old coaching center to support her. At South London’s Parklangley Club, members met and cheered their former player on. Some of the members included the Parklangley Club manager, and Emma’s former coach Suzanne Williams. As the night went on, the crowd roared and applauded as their star romped to a win for the ages.

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In an interview after the match, Suzanne Williams addressed her feelings following Raducanu’s win. “I’m speechless,” she said. “I’m sore and hoarse from screaming, but it’s so incredible. I’m so happy for her [Raducanu]. You just want good things for her. She’s made it happen for herself.” As the coach let her feelings flow, one could see how joyfully emotional she was.

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Emma Raducanu’s success story has so many stepping stones along the way. So many people, including her former coach, have helped her become who she is today. Regardless, they have given rise to a true fighter and a real champion!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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