Raducanu, one year later – AS.com
Came out of nowhere, breaking every odds and a handful of records. A little over a year ago, in just two weeks, Emma Raducanu claimed a page in the history of tennis. On September 12, 2021, she was proclaimed champion of the US Open at the age of 18, being the ninth youngest winner in the history of a Major there the first to do so since the previous one. It was her second Grand Slam and, until that moment, she had only played six matches on the WTA Tour. He arrived in New York with three wins on his resume and left with thirteen. Three, to reach the main draw; seven, to be crowned. Stefanie Voegele, Shuai Zhang, Sara Sorribes, Shelby Rogers, Belinda Bencic, Maria Sakkari and, in the future finale, Leylah Fernández. Without losing any sets. A before and an after. A supernova which has however lost a lot of luminosity.
Raducanu went from 150th in the world to 24th and, in one fell swoop, she became a star, on and off the track. He had already warned at Wimbledon, where he had to give up in the round of 16 against Ajla Tomljanovic, but winning a big one takes him to another dimension. Especially when it accompanies such exaggerated precocity. She was named best young player by the WTA, received awards from the BBC, ESPN or Laureus and the inscriptions parted between them so that they could pass through his door. This week again, Forbes magazine quantified its income since the success of Flashing Meadows., which places her among the highest paid tennis players of the year. In total, 3.1 million euros in tournaments and 18 outside them.
And that the results did not accompany. The British tennis player, of a Romanian father, a Chinese mother and born in Toronto, he has won only 15 of the 34 games he has played since his success in the United States, winning only four times. 20 defeats, more trophies and four coaches in less than a year. After Wimbledon he left Nigel Sears and left with Andrew Richardson. After the US Open, he repeated the operation to briefly walk hand in hand with the Spaniard Esteban Carril. Later, Torben Beltz arrived and now, amid criticism, he trains under Dimitry Tursunov. “If you call me now, I’ll be scared because you don’t know when you’ll be fired,” the Russian coach, who became the world’s top 20, previously said.
A joy before the challenge
A complex year which, next week, will know its most decisive moment. Raducanu, 11th in the world, will defend his 2,000 points. A major challenge which, in the ranking, can have great implications (it totals 2,765 credits). Before that, the Briton was able to get some air. In Cincinnati, he didn’t have a great tournament, but he had two prestigious victories. And very energetic. In less than 24 hours, she beat Serena Williams (6-4, 6-0) and Victoria Azarenka (6-0, 6-2), losing just six games in total. “Not too good and not too bad. I’m just trying to stay on a stable path, because I feel like I’ve only been to the extremes”, he valued before losing in the Masters 1000, facing to Jessica Pegula. “When you succeed at a young age, you have to be very grateful. It was a difficult year, but I learned a lot,” he had already anticipated, in the same vein, in Toronto.
Returning to where it all began will bring together emotion, confidence and, also, dangers. Justine Henin, former world number one, analyzed it this week on Eurosport. “We couldn’t expect that a year ago, but it was fresh air for the circuit, like Leylah. I think she will be relieved when this US Open is behind her. How he’s going to handle that, we’ll see. We can assume that it will not be so easy, but this sport is full of surprises”, he detailed, asking for calm. “We’ll see what kind of player she is. We couldn’t tell after the US Open last year. We don’t know. We had to see more. At the moment we can’t judge yet no more,” he concluded.. . . . Raducanu closes the loop.
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