Emma Raducanu isn’t worried about the pressure of the US Open as she attempts to repeat her Wimbledon success.
Emma Raducanu followed up her Wimbledon success by qualifying for the US Open and winning her first match in the main tournament.
After a shocking first-round victory over Stefanie Voegele on Tuesday, August 31, Emma Raducanu wants to stay in the US Open for “as long as possible.” Following her breakthrough at Wimbledon less than two months ago, the 18-year-old admitted she isn’t feeling any pressure in New York. On her Grand Slam debut, the Brit made it all the way to the round of 16, and she followed that up by qualifying for her second consecutive Major in New York.
Raducanu has had a tremendous summer so far, having reached the second week of Wimbledon in her Grand Slam debut and her first WTA Tour-level final in the Chicago Challenger.
After storming to the round of 16 at the All England Club after obtaining a wildcard into the event, the 18-year-old became the buzz of the tennis world, and she has proceeded to establish herself by going through qualifying to make her second consecutive main draw at a Major.
She got off to a fast start at the US Open on Tuesday, defeating lucky loser Stefanie Voegele 6-2 6-3, and will now face Zhang Shuai, her San Jose conqueror, in the second round.
Despite the fact that Raducanu is already firmly on her opponents’ radar, the teenager claims she is not under any pressure in her second Major competition.
After advancing through three rounds of qualifying, the world No 150 was paired with Jennifer Brady, the 13th seed and runner-up at the Australian Open this year.
Raducanu’s hopes were bolstered, however, when the American withdrew from the event due to injury and was replaced by lucky loser and world No 128 Voegele.
The Bromley teenager beat her Swiss opponent in 78 minutes and will now face Zhang for the second time this North American hard court season.
Last month, the duo clashed in the first round of the WTA 250 event in San Jose, Raducanu’s first tour-level event outside of the United Kingdom.
Despite losing 6-3, 6-2 to the world No. 49 in San Jose, Raducanu remains optimistic about their round of 64 match in Flushing Meadows.
“I’ve played four matches at the.”