US Open: Emma Raducanu not afraid to "start again from the bottom"

Emma Raducanu celebrates

At the end of this month, Emma Raducanu will return to the stage where her fairytale story started in 2021.

The 19-year-old became an overnight star after her phenomenal triumph at the US Open made her the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam title.

But since her rapid ascension into the spotlight, it hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the British number one.

Raducanu had been competing on the WTA Tour for just three months before she stunned the world with her US Open performance.

Her remarkable achievement saw her skyrocket more than 300 places in the world rankings, after earning 2,040 points for passing the qualifying stages and going on to win the title.

However, Raducanu could be faced with an almighty drop in ranking points if she is knocked out of this year’s US Open during the early stages.

She will drop points, regardless of if she retains her title, but the amount depends on her performance during the tournament.

As always, however, the history-making teenager is not letting the pressure get to her and has brushed off the idea of facing a plummet in ranking.

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – APRIL 16: Emma Raducanu of Great Britain in action against Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic during day two of the Billie Jean King Cup Play-Off match between the Czech Republic and Great Britain at the Tennis Club 1. CLTK Prague on April 16, 2022 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“If I lose 2,000 points, so be it, I’ll start again from the bottom,” she said during a recent press conference. “I know I can do something that no one else has done.

“I qualified and won the US Open, so I can start from the beginning, I can start from zero and I’m not afraid of that.”

This attitude towards her performances on the tennis court is not new. Raducanu has said plenty of times in the past that while her form over the last 12 months has dipped, she is not feeling stressed over immediately returning to a Grand Slam-winning level.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11: Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada during their Women’s Singles final match on Day Thirteen of the 2021 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The world number 13 recently admitted she thought the pressure put on her after Flushing Meadows was “a joke” and stressed the fact she is still just 19 years of age.

“I literally won a Slam. Yes, I have had attention. But I’m a Slam champion, so no one’s going to take that away from me.”

Since her historic US Open win, Raducanu has failed to make it beyond the quarter-final in any tournament. She has also suffered with a number of injuries which have hampered her ability to perform.

On Tuesday, she will take on Serena Williams at the Western and Southern Open as part of her US Open 2022 preparations.

Having triumphed in New York last year without dropping a single set — can she retain her maiden Grand Slam crown?

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