World No. 11 Emma Raducanu said she felt "unrealistic expectations" were placed on her following her astonishing US Open victory. Raducanu made tennis history at the US Open, becoming the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam.
Two months prior to her stunning US Open victory, Raducanu reached the Wimbledon round-of-16 as a wildcard. 10 months have passed since Raducanu's US Open triumph but she has yet to win a title. This season, Raducanu has been struggling with her game and often battling fitness issues.
"I walked away from Wimbledon. I never experienced anything like it, I just let all the emotions go like crazy. I took that straight into training and then the US Open happened," Raducanu told Nike. "After winning the US Open, everyone just expected me to win every single tournament I was ever going to play again.
I think it's a bit unrealistic because perfection just doesn't exist."
Raducanu working on 'letting go'
Raducanu is a perfectionist and she has realized that because of that she is at times putting too much pressure on herself.
"I'm working on letting go. Letting go of being perfect at all times and being afraid to look bad in front of myself," said Raducanu. Raducanu never hides her love for motorsports as she calls herself an "adrealine-junkie." "From a young age, I did motocross and karting, and I could do something that not many 9-year-old girls at the time could do," Raducanu said."I just really like the thrill, I kind of chase that.
I think regardless of the sport, you have to react and adapt. Be on your toes and take risks." Meanwhile, Raducanu is currently nursing a side injury. Raducanu kicked off her grass season in Notitngham, where she retired her first round match after just a couple of games. Raducanu withdrew from this week's WTA event in Birmingham but is hoping to be ready for Wimbledon.