No pressure says Raducanu as U.S. Open title defence looms
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[August 09, 2022] NEW
YORK (Reuters) - Britain's Emma Raducanu said she was not feeling
under pressure less than a month before she returns to New York with
a target on her back in her U.S. Open title defence.
Teenager Raducanu completed one of tennis' most remarkable feats a
year ago at Flushing Meadows when the 150th-ranked qualifier swatted
aside vastly more experienced opponents on her way to becoming a
Grand Slam champion.
The triumph captured the imagination of an adoring British public
but she has not won a tournament since, retiring injured in Rome in
May and at Nottingham in June and exiting both Roland-Garros and
Wimbledon in the second round.
While a return to the raucous crowds of the Big Apple could shake
even veteran competitors, the 19-year-old told Sky Sports the only
pressure she feels comes from herself and the media.
"(Pressure) is only either what I put on myself or what I expect
from myself. I only feel the pressure or think about it whenever I'm
in my press conferences because every single question is about
pressure," Raducanu said.
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The 10th-ranked Briton most recently lost in the Citi Open
quarter-finals to lower ranked Liudmila Samsonova, and said she saw
this year's U.S. Open as an opportunity to start afresh.
"I'm really looking forward to just going back (to New York) and
whatever happens I think that it's going to be a nice close to a
chapter, go full circle," she said.
"Regardless of whatever the result is I can just start again, clean
slate. If all my points drop off then I'll work my way back up. I
think it will be, regardless of what happens, (a) fresh start."
(Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Editing by Ken Ferris)
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