US Open champ Emma Raducanu talks about her road to success
Emma Raducanu pulled off the impossible by coming from the qualifying matches to winning the US Open. The 18-year-old talked about her road to success and her motivation that she fed off to beat fellow teenage rising star Leylah Fernandez in the final.
It was one of the most amazing runs in recent WTA Tour history. Emma was not a well-known player before Wimbledon 2021 when she came in as a wild card. Surprisingly, she made a shocking run to the fourth round of the event when she had to retire against Ajla Tomljanović due to breathing difficulties.
That was only her second WTA Tour event which meant that the other players were not aware of her. They didn’t have deep scouting reports on her which she used to her advantage. She continued to rack up some events before the US Open but she had to go through the qualifying rounds to play in the Arthur Ashe event.
She won the entire event after a dazzling run where she didn’t drop a single set. At just 18 years of age, that is an amazing feat since she was a relatively unknown player before her Slam debut at Wimbledon just a few months ago.
Emma talked about her father, Ian, and her mother, Renee, who she both credits as her inspiration on her amazing road to success.
Emma said, ‘They were just so happy and proud of me and my toughest critics. I think that from a young age I’ve always sort of been brought up to have mental strength. My parents played a huge part in my upbringing and they were pretty tough on me when I was young, but it kind of shaped the way I am’.
She is still in awe of her success but she is looking forward to winning more trophies in the future. Emma is now world number 23 in the WTA Tour rankings after being catapulted from 150th. It will be fun to see how she adjusts since she now has a huge target on her back.
Words: Cholo Martin