Emma Raducanu says she is not feeling pressure going into the US Open as she acknowledged that she is just 19 and already has a Grand Slam in her collection. Raducanu exited Wimbledon in the second round after she was handed a 3-6 3-6 defeat by Caroline Garcia.
After the Wimbledon loss, Raducanu was asked if she was ready to return to the US Open as the defending champion following an early Wimbledon exit. “There’s no pressure," Raducanu said, per The Sun. "Like, why is there any pressure? I’m still 19.
Like, it’s a joke. I literally won a slam. Yes, I have had attention. But I’m a slam champion, so no one’s going to take that away from me. If anything, the pressure is on those who haven’t done that. Going back to New York, it’s going to be cool because I have got a lot of experiences playing on big courts, playing with people in the stadium, playing with the spotlight on you.
I don’t mind that. I mean, for me, everything is learning. I’m embracing every single moment that is thrown at me”.
Raducanu: I'm learning and getting experienced
Some are going as far as calling Raducanu a "one-Slam wonder," while some believe Raducanu will win multiple Majors and reach the top spot in the future.
Raducanu is playing her first full season on the Tour and she doesn't seem to be too concerned with her poor results in 2022. “It’s just great for me to get all these lessons at such a young age so that when I’m in my mid-20s, I’ll have those issues or little glitches in my game sorted," Raducanu explained.
“I’ll just get better. I’ll just look at what’s not working, what my weaknesses are, improve them. It’s good for me. These lessons are coming every single week. It’s just a reminder you got to do this, this, and that. It comes from different players so it just highlights it. It’s just something to improve on”.