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Emma Raducanu looking to finish the season on a high note

The US Open champion is in Cluj this week looking for a good result in one of her home countries.

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Emma Raducanu reacts during a Women's Singles quarterfinal match at the 2021 US Open, Wednesday, Sep. 8, 2021 in Flushing, NY. (Garrett Ellwood/USTA)

Life has been going a million miles an hour for 18-year-old Emma Raducanu since going on that improbable run in New York and winning her first-ever grand slam at the US Open.

 

This week she is in Cluj-Napoca for the first-ever Transylvania Open and this specific tournament has a lot of meaning for her. The reason is her father and father’s side of the family are from Romania.

On Sunday, one day before the main draw begins, the Brit faced the media to answer questions about coaching, pressure, and what it is like being a Grand Slam champion at such a young age.

” I love Romania,” she said. “I’ve been here before and used to come once or twice a year. I visited my grandma who lives in Bucharest and I always love coming back and I love how friendly and nice the people are with great humor and good food. So I have great memories from this country and it’s really nice to be back”.

Raducanu admits life hasn’t been the same since winning in New York and she outlined how different it is since she won.

” Life has been different but it’s been an experience in itself. I had an extreme high in New York and not much time off and I literally had three days rest at home and straight back out for Indian Wells,” she explained. “I am looking forward to this last swing of the season and the offseason as well”.

Raducanu has only played one match so far since the US Open which was at Indian Wells where she was upset by the Belorussian Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets and she is preaching patience.

” I just need people to be patient and I know I am going to find my game and I just need a little bit of time but I am really enjoying it”. She concluded.

The 18-year-old recently decided to split with her coach and she has been seeing some different coaches on a trial basis but has confirmed she is without a coach this week.

The Britt will face the Slovenian Polona Hercog in the first round and this will be their first-ever meeting.

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