Emma Raducanu still perfectly remembers when her first coach took her to Wimbledon to witness Serena Williams "annihilate someone one on one." Raducanu, 19, was around seven years old when she saw Williams in live for the first time.
Around 12 years later, Raducanu is a Grand Slam champion and is set to take on Williams in the Cincinnati first round. “I remember the highlight of my year was when I was young, my tennis club and my first coach would take me and one other boy to Wimbledon on my day out.
We’d take the tram there. We got on to Centre Court somehow and we watched her annihilate someone one and one. That was just really cool to see her live. That day out with my first coach, I was so excited for the day. I think that was a really special time in my life, a memory that I’ll always have," Raducanu recalled, per The Guardian.
Raducanu not concerned about potentially dropping in the rankings
Raducanu currently has just over 2,700 points but she is set to defend 2,000 points at the upcoming US Open. If Raducanu suffers an early US Open loss, she would lose a big number of points and drop notably in the rankings.
Raducanu is well-aware of the possibilty of dropping big in the rankings and she insists it won't be the end of the world if that happens. “I just lost count how many times I’ve been asked this question,” Raducanu said.
“If I lose 2,000 points so be it, I’ll start again from the bottom. I know I can do something that no one else has done. I qualified and won the US Open, so I can start from the beginning, I can start from zero and I’m not afraid of that”. It remains to be seen how Raducanu does in Cincinnati this week.