She was a sensation in the year of tennis 2021: Emma Raducano. From the qualifiers, the 19-year-old Briton worked her way up to winning the US Open in ten matches without dropping a set.
Since her surprise win, Raducanu has been on the decline. She is usually fired from the first rounds, and now has her third coach in a year’s time. How can this happen?
BILD: Mrs. Raducano, what does tennis mean to you?
Emma Raducano: It’s like a puzzle that I enjoy a lot. I love the challenge of being ready in a new place every week. Seeing how things evolve, and always motivating yourself, that’s a challenge.
Have you tried another sport before?
Motorsports. I went to go karting and motocross. In tennis tournaments, you did not have to pay an entry fee up front as in motorsports. But I was good, I was second in the race once.
Former top seed Ashleigh Barty has taken a break from her career to play cricket. Can you imagine returning to motorsports?
I love motorsports. But this will also take a lot of time. But maybe you can give me an idea. (He laughs)
Until two weeks ago they had a German coach, Turben Peltz.
Yes, this is correct. A great coach with a lot of experience, as well as at the highest level, a great person, always positive. Remind me that I am doing well; I need it sometimes when I doubt myself. It definitely helped me a lot and motivated me to think positively.
Then why the separation?
Now I want to try a new system that focuses on sparring and test different things. I know exactly what I want to work on and I have concrete ideas. The LTA supports me and I have access to very good trainers.
Did you learn a little German while you were with Turbine Peltz?
(laughs) The bad word with Sch… But I can’t say that here right now. Let’s take: (Raducanu in German) “Let’s go!” But I was also practicing German for a year in school, but none of that stuck with me.
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Emma Radocano flew early from Madrid and earlier in Stuttgart. It was her first clay court tournament as a professionalPhoto: Manu Fernandez / AP
After you won the US Open, you broke up with Nigel Sears, who led you to that sensation.
Not always in my hands. My decision was not 100%. There are always two meanings. I come from a beginner level. The US Open was one of my first ever major tournaments. With the victory, it was clear that a lot was going to be new: more travel, all new tournaments. With number 180 in the world, the calendar is not full of anything. You have to want the new life. He has a family, a young child, you have to respect that. But there are many other things that I cannot influence.
You said you need a reminder to do a good job. Isn’t the US Open to win a good job?
Yes, anyway. But you can quickly forget that if you always want to develop and achieve new goals. So you need a reminder.
Since the US Open, she hasn’t played much sports. why?
Honestly, the results don’t really matter to me. I think my tennis has improved anyway. But 2022 is off to a rough start. I had corona, been out for a long time. I had to recover quickly because I had physical problems. But I am still young, hungry to learn and everyone who comes in contact with me knows that I love to ask questions and am curious.
Could you improve if you knew the tour? For now, all tournaments are a whole new area for you.
It may help, then you will feel more comfortable. The little things are important. But the most important thing is my game. This is on the right track. I need tournaments every week to get used to the level. This is much higher than it was on the ITF tour. You have to be prepared for the long matches, the big hits, but that comes with time and experience.
Looking back at the US Open today, how do you feel?
In some matches I played tennis incredibly well, but I think and strongly believe that tennis is better now, as I said. The opponents have more motivations against me and really want to defeat me. I take it as a challenge, it’s a compliment.
What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you because of success?
The greatest thing was the Queen’s letter congratulating me. This is something very special.
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10 games without dropping a set as a qualifier: Emma Raducano won the 2021 US OpenPhoto: Seth Little/D