Emma Raducanu: Brit on a ‘very cool three weeks’ since winning the US Open

Emma Raducanu at Indian Wells

Emma Raducanu has been the centre of attention since her unprecedented US Open victory, but now the Brit insists it’s time to get back to business.

The teenager made history at Flushing Meadows last month when she became the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam title.

Victory in New York catapulted Raducanu up to 22nd in the world rankings –– making her the new British number one.

It also led to exclusive invites to esteemed events, including the Met Gala and the London premiere of the new James Bond film ‘No Time to Die’.

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for the 18-year-old, who has become the new brand ambassador for jeweller Tiffany, spoken to every major mainstream media organisation following her major triumph, and attended a BBC homecoming event in her honour.

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"It's been a very cool three weeks,” she told reporters. “I got to experience some great things that I probably never would have got to do before."

The Brit is more than deserving of a break away from this celebrity lifestyle and has now turned her attention back to tennis.

Raducanu has accepted a wildcard to play in the prestigious Indian Wells Masters this week and has a bye through to the second round, where she will face either Colombia’s Maria Camila Osorio Serrano or Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

It marks the start of a hectic schedule for the US Open champion, which will see her travel to Moscow after this event, followed by Romania to play in the Transylvania Open.

The top eight players in the world will also qualify for the WTA Finals, with the rankings based on yearly performances as opposed to overall singles rankings.

Raducanu is 15th on this list currently, but still has a chance of cracking the top eight if results go her way in the next few weeks.

Speaking ahead of Indian Wells, the Brit said she has enjoyed receiving congratulations from her peers in California but has been trying to focus on her preparation for the tournament.

"All the players are very friendly. I'm still very new on the tour - so it's pretty cool,” she said.
"But I haven't really spent too much time hanging around. I've just been training and getting about my business, and then leaving."

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Raducanu parted ways with her coach Andrew Richardson after the US Open and hasn’t announced a permanent replacement just yet. However, she has enlisted the help of LTA women’s head coach Jeremy Bates to train her at Indian Wells.

"Jeremy is part of women's tennis at the LTA, so while he's here, he's helping me out," Raducanu said.

"But going forwards, I'm just going to wait and try and find the right person. I'm not going to rush into anything. I want to make sure I make the right decision.

"I'm just looking for the general things in a coach, really. Someone you get along with well, and someone who can push you."

Full coverage of the BNP Paribas Open is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video for customers in the UK and Ireland.

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