Emma Raducanu set for gruelling 15,000-mile trip in exhaustive end to season

Emma Raducanu has shown ‘ruthless streak’ says commentator

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Emma Raducanu faces an exhausting end to the tennis season as she aims to build on her incredible US Open success by competing at two tournaments. The teenage sensation is set for a gruelling 15,000-mile trek to four different countries before Christmas. 

Raducanu stunned the tennis world by winning her first Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows despite starting the tournament as a qualifier.  

She did not drop a set on her way to defeating Canada’s Leylah Fernandez 6-3 6-4 in a thrilling final. 

Now, Raducanu faces a few more stops before she calls time on her tennis season. The 18-year-old is in Indian Wells preparing to participate at the prestigious Paribas Open – often dubbed the unofficial fifth Grand Slam.  

Raducanu could face one of her idols, Simona Halep, in the third round if she gets through a tough second-round tie. 

And the Bromley-based star will not be finished there as she continues a tour of four different countries.

She is set to compete in Russia and Romania and has entered the Upper Austria Ladies in Linz.  

“I’ve heard many great things about Linz, how well they treat the players and how many great champions have won this title in the past,” Raducanu said.  

“I’m really looking forward to play in Austria in front of their great fans.” 

Raducanu might not actually play in Linz if she secures enough ranking points to play at the WTA Finals in Mexico. 

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The tournament is only for the top eight players in the world and as things stand Raducanu, who is currently ranked 22nd, would need a flurry of players to withdraw to be offered a place. 

Linz organisers are excited at the prospect of having the US Open champion because she is the ‘whole package’.

“Emma Raducanu is a fascinating personality who not only inspires me with her excellent tennis,” tournament director Sandra Reichel said.  

“She wins over the audience immediately thanks to her friendly appearance and her radiant smile, and she has remained very down-to-earth.”

Tournament ambassador Barbara Schett, a former world No.7, added: “Emma in Linz would be amazing.

“I like the way she plays. With her triumph at the US Open she triggered a real hype in Britain. Emma has the whole package. 

“She’s not only a top athlete, but also very intelligent and an enchanting personality. 

“It would be wonderful to see her playing in Linz. It would also have a massive impact on the TV ratings for the tournament.”

Raducanu will then prepare for the Australian Open in January.

That will be her third appearance at a Grand Slam and reperesents a huge shift from when she was ranked at No 345 at the start of 2021, but she has insisted that she does not feel the pressure placed upon her to win more honours.

“I don’t feel absolutely any pressure. I’m still only 18 years old,” she said after the US Open.

“I’m just having a free swing at anything that comes my way. That’s how I faced every match here in the States. It got me this trophy, so I don’t think I should change anything.”

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