Emma Raducanu admits she has no idea how winning the US Open would affect her tennis, but she hopes she’s found the right formula again.
The 19-year-old stunned the sports world 12 months ago when her aggressive approach propelled her to the title without missing a set.
Raducanu later promised to keep the same free swing attitude, but now accepts that it was much easier said than done with skyrocketing expectations and focus on his every move.
He told the PA news agency: “I think looking back I can say that it has been many months in the year since I haven’t actually swung freely.
“It’s very easy at that moment but, when you have absolutely no idea what’s going to hit you, to say something like that, I was still on that energy for those two weeks. Obviously, a lot has happened since then. “
Since becoming the first player ever to win 10 games in the same slam, Raducanu hasn’t managed to win more than two in any tournament, so the chances of anything approaching a repeat seem very slim.
But at least she made it to Flushing Meadows with positive momentum after reaching round three in Cincinnati last week, beating Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka before losing a tight race with American top-10 Jessica Pegula.
Raducanu, who is experiencing a trial period with Russian coach Dmitry Tursunov, was also noticeably more aggressive again and intends to keep the same approach.
“There were definitely tournaments where I wasn’t doing this, but I’m very happy with Cincinnati, how I did it and I think I see the rewards it brings, playing Serena and Vika one after the other and having a pretty tight match. against Jessie, my level was definitely showing some positive signs, “he said.
“Results and wins, they don’t come often, but obviously when they do you have to really appreciate it and take the positive energy out of it and take the security of knowing that I have the ability to produce that kind of level.
“To play Vika and Serena, even if it’s not necessarily just a matter of tennis, an important part is mental, just to stay focused, don’t be intimidated by who you are playing on the other side of the net.
“To have that belief that I had in Cincinnati, I think I’ll carry it on and try to keep it here.”
Raducanu took his first steps at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday, taking some time to dive before a free practice session with Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.
This was a much more positive session than Friday’s when Raducanu broke down in tears, sparking concerns about another potential injury.
Wrote a bad day and it wouldn’t be surprising if returning to Flushing Meadows was a bit overwhelming for the teenager.
“Twelve months, obviously is a bit long, but coming back here, it honestly seems like I never left,” she said.
“Coming to town, it went so fast. So much has happened, but I feel like I was here yesterday or last week. It’s a really weird feeling. Obviously I learned a lot, but time flies ”.