Emma Raducanu Wants To Keep It Simple

Jake Cooper - 08 Oct 2021

While British teenage sensation Emma Raducanu remains the name on everybody’s lips after her phenomenal performance at this year’s US Open, the young star says she won’t be succumbing to any additional pressure as she prepares to play at Indian Wells.

The star said earlier this week that she’s no longer focusing on the glory of her big victory at Flushing Meadows, and that instead of allowing the pressure of a repeat performance to affect her state of mind in a negative way, she’s hungrier than ever to achieve ben more and bigger things.

She said while she remained immensely proud of what she’s been able to achieve this year, her focus is now forward-facing.

Aliaksandra Sasnovic Up Next

After nabbing a first round bye for being the tournament’s 17th seed, Raducanu will face the 100th-ranked Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovic in the second round. 

The 27-year-old Sasnovic, who in the past has been ranked as high as 30th on the ATP’s world rankings, defeated Maria Camila Osorio Serrano with a convincing 6-0, 6-4 performance during the first round of the competition. Likely to face the winner in the third round is none other than Simona Halep, who just so happens to be a long-time idol to Raducanu.

While Raducanu insists that her aim right now is to remain pressure free and live in the moment, since she’s now ranked 15th in the WTA Race rankings and could still qualify for the finals.

Increasing her chances of qualifying is the fact that she’s entered into several more upcoming events, including competitions in Moscow, Linz, and Cluj-Napoca. She said this week that while entered into several more tournaments this year, it had all been for creating additional options.

Happiest On Court

Raducanu painted a positive picture during the press conference ahead of Indian Wells. She said she was happy to at Indian Wells for the first time in her career and that the surroundings and facilities are beautiful.

Raducanu said she wouldn’t want to change anything right now, as getting to this particular point in her career had been the result of not over-thinking anything. She said putting additional thoughts in her head would likely create more of a problem than anything else.

The young star said the past couple of weeks have made for an enjoyable time, including her recent appearance on the red carpet at the premiere of the new Bond film. Still, said Raducanu, being in the game and on the court remains her favourite place to be.

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