World No. 23 Emma Raducanu has been one of the most searched names since her historic title-winning run at the 2021 US Open where she broke multiple records and also saw her rank improve from World No. 150 to World No. 23 after the Grand Slam. Ever since her victory, fans are awaiting her return on the WTA Tour where she is yet to win a match despite being a Grand Slam champion.
Emma was recently part of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) where all the British champions at the US Open were congratulated, Emma played alongside The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and also answered her plans for the remainder and the upcoming season, specifically the 2022 Australian Open where she will play for the first time.
The 2022 Australian Open might require the players to undergo quarantine in Melbourne and might require the players to miss this year’s Christmas and welcome the New Year in Australia. While the official guidelines are yet to be announced officially, there are certain reservations among the players about what will be the rules they would be made to follow.
“I’m not focused on results, I’m focused on how much I can learn because that’s what’s really going to drive me forward. Whatever needs to be done to be able to play the Australian Open, I’ll do. To me, it’s not even a thought or like a battle in my mind. I just want to be at the Australian Open, and I want to compete there, so, whatever it takes to do, I’ll go,” said Emma.
“You can’t really say I’m a favourite” says Emma Raducanu at her chances at the 2022 Australian open
Emma made her Grand Slam debut at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships where she entered the main-draw through a wildcard which she justified with a sensational run to the 4th round becoming the youngest British woman to reach the Round of 16. She then played the US Open starting as a qualifier and becoming the first qualifier ever to win a major.
Having broken into the Top-30 already, there’s a good chance Emma will be a seeded player at the Grand Slam in Melbourne next year but she still believes she won’t be the favourite for the title despite her recent success.
“If I’m seeded, then I’m seeded but favourite? I think one tournament, you can’t really say I’m a favourite. I’m still so new to everything. I just feel like I’m learning and absorbing all the knowledge that I’m gaining like a sponge and soaking it all in. That’s what I really want to do. I’m hungry to play anyone and I think that would be a really cool challenge.
“I like to challenge myself and obviously it’s going to be extremely difficult to beat a top-10 player or a player of that quality but I’m up for it and, even if I lose, I think it’d be a great learning opportunity just to compare where I’m at to where the best in the world are. So either way for me it would be a win-win,” added Emma.
With her next tournament yet to be confirmed, she might appeal for a wildcard for the upcoming 2021 Indian Wells Open as she was still ranked World No. 150 when the entries closed for the tournament but her title in New York might grant her a wildcard.