Emma Raducanu believes she is “still hungry for more” as she prepares for her opening match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Friday against world No 100 Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.
Raducanu has spent the previous three weeks reflecting on her incredible performance at the US Open, which catapulted her from a young prospect to one of the biggest names in women’s tennis.
The 18-year-old became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title, winning 10 consecutive matches without dropping a set and earning $2.5 million.
Raducanu, the 17th seed in one of the most important tournaments on the WTA and ATP Tours, says she is “very proud” of her performance in New York.
“It was an incredible match in the final. “I think the level and quality, I really realised that while re-watching it,” British No. 1 Raducanu said to the British press in Indian Wells.
“It was such a fantastic experience, and sometimes you just want to go back in time and relive the moment and the feelings.” It’s great to reflect and have that so that it eventually seeps in.
“I’m just so proud of what we’ve accomplished.” I’m looking forward now. That is not something I intend to hold to. Really, I’m still yearning for more.”
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— Emma Raducanu (@EmmaRaducanu) October 3, 2021
Raducanu will play Sasnovich in her first match after the Belarussian defeated Maria Camila Osorio Serrano 6-0 6-4 in the California desert.
If Raducanu wins on Friday, she will face one of her idols, Romanian two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep.
“It’s around ahead, so I don’t want to get ahead of myself,” the adolescent explained. “Every single player in this draw is of exceptional calibre. Anything is possible.
“Obviously, Simona is my idol, and if that were to happen, I would be really excited and willing to participate since it would be an incredible chance and experience.” At least one match at a time. I’m just looking forward to getting out there for my first match.”
The circumstances in Indian Wells will be substantially different from those in New York, with the dry desert air making it tough to control the ball.
“I think it’s always vital to have fun,” she added. “I’m going to keep attempting it. In the United States, I was having a great time in New York. It got me to the championship game. I’ll keep going and see where it takes me.”
Raducanu is working with former British No. 1 Jeremy Bates at Indian Wells after deciding not to make her short-term arrangement with Andrew Richardson permanent.
The young Briton is “grateful” for being given a wild card to one of the Tour’s most prestigious events.
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