Emma Raducanu, 18, reveals from where her calmness and mental strength comes from



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Emma Raducanu, 18, reveals from where her calmness and mental strength comes from

Rising British star Emma Raducanu, 18, credited her parents for her calmness and mental strength on the court. Raducanu is taking the Tour by the storm as she has made an enormous progress over the last two months. Raducanu made the Wimbledon round-of-16 as a wild card, before making the US Open semifinal as a qualifier.

"Yeah, I think that the calmness and the mental strength definitely comes from my upbringing. I think my parents have both instilled in me from a very young age to definitely have a positive attitude on court, because, yeah, when I was younger, it was definitely an absolute no-go if I had any sort of bad attitude.

So from a young age, I definitely learnt that, and it's followed me until now," Raducanu said. "When you're serving out a match on such a big stage, to go into your first semifinals of a slam, you definitely need a sense of calm to get through that moment, especially I was Love-30, and to just reset and focus on what I could control.

I knew exactly what patterns I was going to play and, yeah, I was just very focused and in the moment. Wasn't getting ahead of myself."

Raducanu had no idea about the record

After beating world No. 12 Belinda Bencic, Raducanu became the first player in tennis history to make the US Open semifinal as a qualifier.

"Well, I have actually got no idea about any of the records at all. It's the first time I heard today that I was the first qualifier to make the semis. I had no idea before that," Raducanu claimed. "Yeah, I'm not here to chase any records right now.

I'm just taking care of what I can do on the moment and on the match ahead. Haven't even started thinking about the next one yet. "What was the first one?"