Emma Raducanu 'tapping into' tactic that helped her win US Open

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Emma Raducanu is in high spirits despite her Cincinnati Masters debut being cut short.

The British number one was knocked out of the tournament in the third round at the hands of Jessica Pegula, who won in straight sets.

But despite her early exit, Raducanu is full of positive takeaways as focus now shifts to her US Open title defence.

This time last year, the 19-year-old had started to turn heads following her senior breakthrough, but nobody expected her to completely shatter the glass ceiling so early on.

After less than three months since her WTA Tour debut, Raducanu stunned the world by defying all odds and winning the US Open.

The Brit had played just 16 senior WTA matches prior to her Flushing Meadows debut, which saw her become the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam title.

Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada during their Women’s Singles final match on Day Thirteen of the 2021 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Now, for the first time in her career, Raducanu will enter a tournament as the reigning champion. But the world number 13 appears unfazed by the pressure — in fact, she has revealed she is actually honing in on a different style of play as she prepares to return to New York.

“Ive started going for my shots more — recently I’ve been playing and hoping they would miss,” Raducanu said during a post-match conference in Cincinnati. “I’ve been pushing the ball around.

“This week I was just like, I’m going to try it, I don’t care if I make errors, I’m going to overhit if anything.

“If I’m going to lose, I’m probably going to lose anyway pushing the ball around at this level, it just doesn’t work. So I thought I’m just going to do it, give this tournament a swing and it worked.”

Emma Raducanu of Great Britain plays Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 17, 2022 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Raducanu admitted she was proud of her performances in Ohio and believed they were a strong way to move forward and head into the US Open.

This rediscovered gung-ho attitude is similar to the winning formula she produced last year when she won her first Grand Slam title.

The British number one admitted she is comfortable in her ability to experiment with her tennis and discover what works for her.

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Since winning the US Open last year, Raducanu has struggled with form and has failed to make it beyond the quarter-final of any tournament.

The teenager has won just 12 matches in 2022 and has struggled with a number of injuries. However, the Cincinnati Masters seems to have been a breakthrough experience for Raducanu ahead of her return to Flushing Meadows.

“It is definitely relieving because I feel like I’m swinging with the same sort of freedom that I had, or more similar to, last year,” she explained. “I can really take it as a positive week and I feel like I am heading in a positive direction again.

“Every match at this level, I figure out what works and what doesn’t work. I feel more comfortable in what I’m doing now.

“At the US Open, I played really good tennis, I was swinging with the freedom that I started to tap into this week.”

Raducanu stated that even after making an error, she almost viewed it as a good thing and admitted her risk-taking “paid off more than it didn’t.”

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