Emma Raducanu: US Open winner reveals COVID-19 scare after Transylvania Open

Emma Raducanu has revealed she was ill after competing at the Transylvania Open, but tested negative for COVID-19 five times

Emma Raducanu has revealed she was ill after competing at the Transylvania Open, but tested negative for COVID-19 five times.

The US Open winner played at the WTA 250 event in Cluj-Napoca last month, eventually losing to Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk in the quarter-finals.

Raducanu cited fatigue as a reason for her loss, claiming she felt "quite tired and lethargic" during the match.

She has disclosed this turned into illness, preventing her from visiting her grandmother in Bucharest after the tournament, but she has now made a full recovery.

"I had five negative PCR results so it’s not Covid," said Raducanu, who has arrived in Austria for the Linz Open.

"I’ve been feeling the ball well here and I’m in as good a place as I can be."

Raducanu had previously put her fatigue down to the intensity of the past couple of months, which has seen the Briton rocket up the WTA rankings to world number 21.

Since her unexpected US Open victory, Raducanu has attended the Met Gala and the James Bond premiere, starred in a Sports Direct advert, and become an ambassador for Dior and Tiffany and Co.

Emma Raducanu is competing at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz this week

While speaking to media prior to the Upper Austria Ladies Linz, the 18-year-old made it clear she would never let her off-court commitments affect her tennis career.

"I made it very, very clear to every single person in my team that I was not going to cancel one training session or practice session for any off-court commitments," Raducanu said. "I wanted to make sure that is my priority.

"I have been quite busy since the US Open, but I felt like that was gonna come with it... I've been really enjoying everything since the US Open."

Raducanu is the top seed at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz and has subsequently earned a bye into the second round. She is expected to play on Tuesday against a qualifier.

If Raducanu progresses far into the tournament, she could end up with a match against idol Simona Halep, world number 30 Danielle Collins or Kostyuk.

The young star arrived in Linz yesterday with her mother Renee and IMG agent Chris Helliar, and was given a heartwarming welcome at the airport.

Raducanu became the first qualifier, male or female, to earn a Grand Slam title at this year’s US Open.

She also became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam title since Virginia Wade in 1977. Raducanu made history in style, not dropping a single set on her way to victory.

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