Emma Raducanu: US Open champion tries to ground himself for Indian Wells debut | tennis news

“I don’t really want to change anything,” said Emma Raducanu. “What got me to this point is that I haven’t started to think differently, so putting additional thoughts in my head will only create a problem I think. I’ll just keep going with my business and stay the same. ”

Last updated: 05/10/21 9:13 PM

Emma Raducanu may be the name on everyone’s lips at Indian Wells, but the US Open champion vowed not to pressure herself as she prepares to get back into action.

The 18-year-old’s incredible triumph in New York catapulted her from young hopefuls to one of the biggest names in women’s tennis and will be a huge focus when she plays her first game since the Flushing Meadows final at the BNP Paribas Open later. this week.

As the 17th seed, Raducanu has a first-round bye, so her opening game will be against Colombia’s fellow teenager Maria Camila Osorio Serrano or Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

“I’m very excited to be here,” Raducanu, who now has more than two million Instagram followers, said at her pre-tournament press conference.

“It’s my first time playing in Indian Wells and it’s a beautiful place. I can’t wait to get started. I love the facilities, everything is just so nice to be around.

Emma Raducanu was one of the stars on the red carpet at the premiere of the latest James Bond movie, 'No Time to Die', before flying to California

Emma Raducanu was one of the stars on the red carpet at the premiere of the latest James Bond movie, ‘No Time to Die’, before flying to California

“I don’t really want to change anything. What got me to this point is that I’m not going to think anything else, so putting additional thoughts in my head will just create a problem I guess. I’m just going through my company and stay the same.

“It’s been three really cool weeks. I’ve been through some great things that I probably never would have done before, but after that I just went back to training and focused on this competition and the upcoming matches I lined up.”

Raducanu’s most recent red carpet trip was at the premiere of the new James Bond film No Time To Die before flying to California, but the teen has made it clear that the tennis court is where she most wants to be.

Britain's No. 1 Raducanu defeated Leylah Fernandez in September to win the US Open

Britain’s No. 1 Raducanu defeated Leylah Fernandez in September to win the US Open

She has no permanent coach and has decided not to turn her short-term deal with Andrew Richardson, who helped her elevate the title in New York, into something permanent.

Raducanu works at Indian Wells with former UK number one Jeremy Bates, but he mainly coaches Katie Boulter in addition to a role as a national women’s coach for the Lawn Tennis Association.

The teen insisted she wouldn’t worry about going it alone for the rest of the season, as she had also signed up to play tournaments in Moscow, Romania and Austria in the coming weeks.

“Jeremy is part of women’s tennis at the LTA, so while he’s here he’s helping me,” she said. “But in the future I’m just going to wait and find the right person, I’m not going to rush into anything. I want to make sure I make the right decision.

“Even though I’m quite young, I’ve built up a lot of experience and at the end of the day you’re on your own and have to be your own coach on the pitch, so I’m pretty comfortable.”

Raducanu - pictured playing tennis with Kate Middleton - has seen a meteoric rise since winning the US Open

Raducanu – pictured playing tennis with Kate Middleton – has seen a meteoric rise since winning the US Open

Victory in her first match saw Raducanu face off against one of her idols, Romanian two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep.

Conditions in Indian Wells will be very different from New York, however, with the dry desert air making the ball difficult to control.

“The air is very dry, so it’s going to be physically tough and it’s quite hot right now,” Raducanu said.

“The lanes are slower and bouncing high so it’s probably going to be long rallies and the balls get quite fluffy pretty quickly. I’m sure it’ll be physical in all matches so it’s just a matter of trying to get in like that to stay in shape as much as possible and to stay fit and healthy.”

The tournament is one of the largest on the WTA and ATP tours, being held for the first time since March 2019 after being canceled last year and then postponed from this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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