Emma Raducanu scripted history at US Open 2021, as she became the first qualifier to ever claim the coveted title. The British teenage sensation achieved this extraordinary feat without even dropping a single set on her way to the title. In the finals, she defeated fellow teenager and Canadian, Leylah Fernandez in straight sets.
Emma Raducanu parted ways with her short-term coach, Andrew Richardson soon after claiming the US Open title. This may have come as a surprise to many tennis fans, given their successful run at the Flushing Meadows. The Briton is currently working with Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) national women’s coach, Jeremy Bates for the upcoming tournament, Indian Wells.
Emma Raducanu stated that she will not rush the decision of finding her permanent coach, and instead looks forward to work alongside Jeremy Bates for the near future.
“Jeremy [Bates] is part of women’s tennis at the LTA so while he’s here he’s helping me out. But going forwards I’m just going to wait and find the right person, I’m not going to rush into anything. Even though I’m quite young I’ve got a lot of experience banked and at the end of the day you’re out there on your own and you have to be your own coach on the court, so I’m pretty comfortable,” said Raducanu.
“I don’t really want to change anything,” says Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu stressed on the fact that she would like to go about things, the same way as prior to US Open 2021 win. The 18-year-old has received a wildcard for Indian Wells, which will be her first appearance at the prestigious tournament.
Moreover, she has received a bye in the first round encounter. In the second round, she will face Maria Camila Osorio Serrano or Aliaksandra Sasnovich. A potential battle against Simona Halep awaits in the third round encounter.
Emma Raducanu hopes to end the 2021 season on a high, and stated that she wants to focus all her attention on tennis, despite claiming the US Open title. “I don’t really want to change anything. What got me to this point is not thinking anything differently so if I put additional thoughts in my head then that will just create a problem I think. I’m just going to keep going about my business and staying the same,” she added.
“It’s been a very cool three weeks. I got to experience some great things that I probably never would have got to do before but after that I just went straight back to training and focusing on this competition and the upcoming ones that I’ve got lined up,” Raducanu added.