British tennis sensation Emma Raducanu burst into the global spotlight in 2021 when she became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament in the Open Era with a US Open victory.
Raducanu was just 18 years old when she reached the top 20 in the WTA rankings with a top 10 appearance the following year. Since then, she has failed to capture any other Grand Slam titles and finished as high as the second round at the 2022 Australian and French Opens and the 2023 Australian Open.
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The struggles she’s faced since the US Open make her sometimes wish she hadn’t won the tournament due to the added pressure and stress.
«That moment on the pitch, when I was celebrating, I thought, I would literally change any fight in the world for this moment,» he told the Sunday Times. «Since then I have had many setbacks, one after another. I am resilient, my tolerance is high, but it is not easy. And sometimes I think I wish I had never won the US Open.»
The win came with added expectations and hopes that she would continue to dominate the court and elevate British tennis players from the women’s side.
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However, the losses along with the injuries didn’t help matters.
«I had to grow up very quickly. When I won, I was extremely naive,» she told the outlet. «From what I’ve come to realize in the last two years, the tour and everything that goes with it, it’s not a very nice, reliable, safe space. You have to be on your guard because there are a lot of sharks out there.»
«I think people in the industry, especially me because I was 19, now 20, see me as a piggy bank. It’s been hard to navigate. I’ve been burned a couple of times. I’ve learned, keep your circle as small as possible.» .
Raducanu is 98-49 in his individual career. He missed the French Open while recovering from wrist and ankle surgery and is also not expected to play at Wimbledon.
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The last Grand Slam tournament of the season is the US Open, which is scheduled to start on August 28.