Emma Raducanu news: US Open champion reveals why her self-belief sets her apart

Emma Raducanu gives her trophy a little kiss

Not only is Emma Raducanu a British sensation, but a global one – which was well and truly highlighted after her US Open win and the world’s obsession with her ever since.

Her defeat of Leylah Fernandez in the final at Flushing Meadows catapulted her into the limelight and has seen her win accolades such as the 2021 British Sports Personality of the Year award and sign advertising deals with the likes of Dior, Tiffany & Co and British Airways, as well as Evian.

Speaking at the launch event for one of Evian’s new products, the 19-year-old explained how her self-belief helped her become an overnight success back in September.

“I think that self-belief is really important because tennis is such an individual sport and you’re out there on your own competing and fighting for every point,” the British No 1 told Glamour Magazine.

“There are times when you may not be going through the best patches, but you’ve just got to keep working and trusting your journey.

“I think that’s something that I take into all aspects of life – for instance when building relationships, I like to align with people and partners that are really authentic.”

Even though her popularity has spiked and fans are desperate to know her every move, knowing she’s the centre of attention doesn’t empower Raducanu at all, what really makes the quiet girl from Bromley feel empowered shouldn’t come as a surprise.

“It’s when I step out onto the match court, and I know it’s just me and myself out there,” she revealed.

“That’s probably the moment where I feel like I’m most in control.

“I like that there’s a sense of uncertainty, but you have the control over yourself – so you’re in a real battle then, fighting for every point.”

Raducanu didn’t have a great start to the season in Australia – she lost the first round of the Sydney Tennis Classic warm-up event then crashed out of the season opening Grand Slam in Melbourne in the second round – but she still managed to defeat former US Open champion Sloane Stephens and suffer through playing matches with blisters on her hands.

She’s still got a lot more to offer, that’s for sure.