Eighteen-year-old Emma Raducanu has become the new face of women’s tennis this summer with a shocking run at the Wimbledon Championships followed by Britain’s New 1 winning not only the US Open crown but all the sets she played during last year’s Grand Slam event.
Emma Raducanu prepares to face Aliaksandra Sasnovich at her BNP Paribas Open which is being opened by Indian Wells on Friday after receiving an entry card for the tournament and explained that she is happy with what she has done but is also ready to move on.
“It’s been a wonderful experience and sometimes you just have to step back and release the moment and the emotions,” Raducanu said of tasting the victory in New York, by Raz Mirza of Sky Sports. “It’s good to think about and have a little bit of that in mind.
“I’m very proud of this. Now I’m looking forward to it. I won’t stick to that. I’m still hungry for more, actually.”
If Emma Raducanu beats Sasnovich, the youngster could face two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep in the next round.
“Obviously Simona is my idol and if I could I would be very happy and ready because it’s just an amazing opportunity and experience,” Raducanu said of the potential matchup. “One game at a time. I’m looking forward to it when I play my first game.”
Raducanu parted ways with coach Andrew Richardson last month to finally hire someone with more experience working in the world’s biggest tournaments. He currently gets the lead of former British number 1 Jeremy Bates for a while.