Following her historic US Open victory, Emma Raducanu has rebuffed claims that she could be one of the favourites to win the Australian Open.
The 18-year-old resumed training in London this week, looking to build on her amazing grand slam debut victory earlier this month.
The adolescent has risen to No. 22 in the world rankings and has split ways with her coach, Andrew Richardson, this week in search of a more seasoned mentor as she pursues future success.
Raducanu has yet to confirm her next appearance, but she must decide whether to request a wild card into the coveted WTA Tour event in Indian Wells, which begins on October 6.
One of Raducanu’s primary aims is a solid pre-season, after which she will compete in only her third grand slam competition in Melbourne.
Raducanu stated at a Lawn Tennis Association ceremony honouring Britain’s US Open champions: “If I’m seeded, I’m seeded, but who is my favourite? I don’t think I’m a favourite in just one tournament. Everything is still so new to me.
“I simply feel like I’m learning and absorbing what I’m learning like a sponge, drinking it all in.
“That’s exactly what I want to accomplish.” I’m not concerned with outcomes; rather, I’m concerned with how much I can learn since that’s what will propel me ahead.”
The Australian Open has yet to be announced, but with admission to the nation still tightly limited and Melbourne has been in lockdown for longer than any other city in the world, players will almost certainly be quarantined.
This may necessitate players travelling over the holidays, which Raducanu would welcome.
“I’ll do whatever it takes to compete in the Australian Open,” she stated. It’s not even a thinking or a mental battle for me.
“I like to challenge myself, and clearly beating a top-10 or a player of that calibre will be really difficult, but I’m up for it, and even if I lose, I believe it’ll be a fantastic learning (opportunity) to compare where I am to where the best in the world are. So it would be a win-win situation for me in either case.”
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