2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu feels everyone wants to beat her but adds she is embracing that challenge as she believes that will only help her get better. Raducanu, 19, made tennis history at last year’s US Open when she became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam.
Raducanu has been struggling with her game since her US Open victory as it is evident that players are extra motivated whenever they play the 19-year-old. “I think that I as a tennis player have actually grown and developed and have skills that I maybe didn’t have last year,” Raducanu said, per Tennis365.
“But everyone knows me now. Everyone knows the sort of things I was doing last year. Everyone wants to beat me. I sort of take that as a compliment if players are raising their game against me. I think that that is definitely going to help me as a tennis player longer term because, if players are raising their game against me, I have to raise my level, too.
So I think there’s nothing negative about that.”
Raducanu: I will become a better tennis player
“Over time I will be a better tennis player. I’m 19 years old. If I hadn’t won the US Open, I think the past year or the way that I’ve been heading, it wouldn’t be necessarily a bad thing.
I think I still have hopefully 15 years or something more in my career to go. I’m just at the beginning of it. So I’m looking forward for this long-term journey,” Raducanu added. Raducanu has been struggling with her game this season and some are going as far as calling her a “one-Slam wonder.”
On the other side, there are those who believe this is normal for a 19-year-old as many still believe Raducanu will improve and become a great player.