British sensation Emma Raducanu insists ‘life is still the same’ as she eyes US Open spot

Emma Raducanu recalls her on-court experience at Wimbledon

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Despite a whirlwind last few months, Emma Raducanu insists her life is exactly the same as it was prior to her fairytale run at Wimbledon. Raducanu became the youngest Brit to make it to the fourth round at the grass Grand Slam, which was just her second senior tournament.

The 18-year-old has since ridden a wave of newfound fame, including prime time TV slots, tickets to the 2020 European Championship and a sharp rise in social media followers.

In fact, Raducanu’s following on social media now comfortably dwarfs those of more experienced domestic tennis stars including British number one Johanna Konta.

Raducanu’s arrival in the United States has seen her gain further notoriety, as she was awarded the headline slot on the main court for the opening round of a WTA Tour event in San Jose. 

The teenager was also the poster girl – quite literally – for a second-tier tournament in Chicago last week, where she reached the final.

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After winning four matches – including an upset victory over the number one seed Alison Van Uytvanck – the Brit was defeated 6-1 2-6 6-4 in the final by Denmark’s Clara Tauson.

Raducanu is attempting to qualify for the US Open main draw on Wednesday, and she must win three matches to do so.

“Life is exactly the same,” the burgeoning tennis star said. 

“After Wimbledon. I took five days off and then I practiced for two weeks and I was straight on tour and competing.

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“When you are on the road, you just zone out and focus on your next match so in a way I don’t feel any difference.

“I am grateful for the people that are following me. I don’t think I am that interesting but it is nice to have that many people following me!”

Raducanu had completed her A Levels immediately before Wimbledon, earning results of A* in Maths and A in Economics.

Despite the impressive results highlighting her academic potential, she is focusing on establishing herself within the tennis world.

“I am just going to focus on my tennis, I think it is a great opportunity” Raducanu added.

“Now I can just come on tour and play in these tournaments each week and better my game and my ranking.”

The US Open is the fourth and final Grand Slam on the calendar, and it begins on August 30.

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