Emma Raducanu prepared to start over if her ranking plummets
Emma Raducanu is prepared to work her way back towards the top if her ranking takes a hit at Flushing Meadows.
Raducanu has 2000 rankings points to defend at the US Open with most pundits agreeing that she stands little chance of defending her title.
The World No 10 says she has learned a lot about herself due to her rise in prominence.
When asked about her potential rankings dip, Raducanu said that she is ready to take the hit and ‘start over’.
“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,” Emma Raducanu said.
“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 feels that she is wiser for the experience and has learned to accept the way the dice fall.
“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.”
Raducanu was happy with her first outing in the US Open swing as she saw off American qualifier Louisa Chirico.
“I think I definitely had moments in the match today where I was playing good tennis, but I was nervous in the beginning, I think, for sure. I think playing any first round is always pretty challenging,” Raducanu said.
“Then, you know, when you’re not necessarily that match-sharp, you know, small things you don’t necessarily get right. It’s just important to, you know, stay calm.”
Raducanu believes that she can improve her game simply by retaining her composure.
“I think that’s something I can do better going forward in this tournament, hopefully in the next round, because, yeah, there were some moments I was slightly agitated, but I definitely regrouped and found a way through in the end,” Raducanu added.
The young Brit has been subject to intense scrutiny since winning the US Open with her training and coaching situation under question.
Raducanu is 9-12 in singles competition in 2022 and has been unable to string together a three-match winning streak at any point this season.
However, one shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that she is still a teenager and has plenty of time to improve.
She will face Camila Osorio in the Citi Open Round of 16 on Thursday aiming to reach just her second quarter-final of the 2022 season.
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