Emma Raducanu news: Brit reveals how she stayed calm to win US Open

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Emma Raducanu with the US Open trophy

Having won the US Open title last year at the age of just 18, Emma Raducanu has reflected on what the year 2021 had in store for her.

The British teenager made a name for herself when she defeated Leylah Fernandez in the US Open final, 6–4, 6–3 to win her first Grand Slam title, becoming the first qualifier to reach a major final and win a major title.

In a recent interview, the reigning US Open champion explained the mechanism that keeps her calm during matches and touched on what helped her during last year’s tournament.

“It varies depending on the tournament I’m at or the city I’m in, but I’ve definitely found some routines that really worked,” Raducanu told Glamour Magazine.

“So we’ve had a few routines like frozen yoghurt at the end of matches in New York. Or eating poke for dinner every single night for three weeks, because I didn’t want to change things

“It’s more about finding small things like that. They just bring you a bit of comfort. When I was in New York, I really wanted that satisfaction of the walk to the frozen yoghurt afterwards. It was the highlight of my day, to be honest.”

 

Raducanu also had tips for young tennis players when it comes to the challenges they may face in their career.

“I think that the challenge that younger players may face is getting disheartened by a few losses in a row – that’s not something that every successful tennis player has gone through,” she added.

“But it’s important to keep strong and stay in your own lane really, and kind of zone out from what everyone else may think or say, and just keep believing in yourself.”

Raducanu has risen to number 13 in the latest WTA rankings, with a place in the top ten beckoning in the opening half of 2022.

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