World No. 10 Emma Raducanu insists won't be too worried if her ranking plummets after the US Open as she has no problems with start again from the scratch. Raducanu needs a big US Open run or otherwise she might drop out of the top-100 after the American hard court swing.
"I think that no matter what I said, I probably did have, you know, certain expectations of myself that were probably a bit twisted. And now I genuinely just accept it," Raducanu said, per Sportskeeda. "Okay, it's not going to be pretty necessarily or easy, but I'm like 100% okay for starting over, to be honest.
Like if my ranking plummets to like 1000 or whatever, then I don't care."
Raducanu made a stunning rankings jump
Raducanu was the 150th-ranked player during last year's US Open, but then gained 2,040 points by making past the qualifying event and then winning the tournament.
After winning the US Open as a qualifier, Raducanu jumped to the 23rd position in the world. Since then, Raducanu has managed to break into the top-10 as well, but mostly because the players ahead of her failed to defend their points.
Raducanu currently has 2,717 points and she could lose 2,000 points in case she loses early at the US Open. When Raducanu came to New York last year, she was a promising teenager with no pressure or expectations. This year, Raducanu is returning much wiser, but there is also a big focus and attention on her.
"Yeah, I think that I feel -- it's more I feel wiser now compared to, like, just after the US Open and the beginning of this year. I know that being a US Open champ I'm going to somehow pull my way back up there," Raducanu said.
"It's going to take a bit of time maybe, but, yeah, I'm just really, you know, accepting of that and looking forward to whatever journey it takes."