Emma Raducanu’s name may be on everyone’s lips at Indian Wells, but the US Open champion has promised not to put herself under any pressure as she prepares to return to play.
The 18-year-remarkable old’s victory in New York vaulted her from a young prospect to one of the greatest names in women’s tennis, and she will draw a lot of attention when she plays her first match since the Flushing Meadows final later this week at the BNP Paribas Open.
Raducanu, the 17th seed, receives a first-round bye, so her first match will be against either fellow adolescent Maria Camila Osorio Serrano from Colombia or Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
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— Emma Raducanu (@EmmaRaducanu) October 3, 2021
“I’m extremely excited to be here,” Raducanu, who already has over two million Instagram followers, said at the tournament’s pre-tournament press conference.
“It’s my first time playing in Indian Wells, and it’s a lovely setting. I can hardly wait to get started. I adore the facilities; everything is very pleasant to be around.
“I don’t want to make any changes. What brought me to this point was not thinking differently, thus I believe that putting new concepts in my head will merely create a problem. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and keeping the same.
“It’s been a fantastic three weeks. I got to do some amazing things that I would have never gotten to do otherwise, but after that, I just went back to training and focusing on this tournament and the following ones that I have planned.”
Raducanu’s most recent red carpet appearance was at the opening of the new James Bond film No Time To Die before flying out to California, but the youngster has made it obvious that she prefers to be on the tennis court.
She is currently without a permanent coach after deciding not to make her short-term arrangement with Andrew Richardson, who assisted her in winning the title in New York, permanent.
Raducanu works with former British number one Jeremy Bates at Indian Wells, but he mostly coaches Katie Boulter in addition to serving as the Lawn Tennis Association’s national women’s coach.
The kid said she would be fine going it alone for the rest of the season, despite having signed up for competitions in Moscow, Romania, and Austria in the coming weeks.
“Jeremy works in women’s tennis at the LTA, so he’s helping me out while he’s here,” she explained. “However, in the future, I’m just going to wait and find the proper person; I’m not going to rush into anything.” I want to make certain that I make the correct decision.
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