Emma Raducanu US Open 2021

Emma Raducanu ‘must stay focused’ following early success, advises Simona Halep

Simona Halep expressed that what Emma Raducanu has achieved at such an early age is extraordinary, before offering her advice for the future.

The 18-year-old became the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam title after defeating fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez in the final.

Raducanu considers Halep as one of her idols, with the Romanian recently hailing Raducanu’s US Open win as ‘extraordinary’, before affirming she ‘must stay focused’ after winning a Major title at such an early age.

“Yeah, I wish her luck,” Halep said. “She has to stay focused, because, yeah, many, many years ahead of tennis, so I’m sure that she will win more. But, yeah, will be a little bit tough when she feels the pressure, I think.”

Halep also talked about her own Grand Slam success compared to Emma Raducanu, highlighting the importance of remaining focused after every big win and not getting caught up in the moment.

“I won my first Grand Slam late. I won tournaments before, but you cannot compare (that) with the success of (a) Grand Slam,” Halep added. “I cannot really talk about that, but I feel like from my experience that you have to be extra focused after that (those) big successes, because you are so young and you don’t really have experience on winning titles, because I think (US Open 2021) was the first title for Emma, and (it) was a Grand Slam.”

Halep confirmed her participation at Kremlin Cup, which starts in Russian on Monday. The former world number one suffered a shock early exit at Indian Wells against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

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