Emma Raducanu Australian Open 2022

Emma Raducanu ready to put US Open win behind her to focus on ‘bigger picture’

Emma Raducanu says she is determined to see the ‘bigger picture’ as she focuses her intentions on regaining some momentum in 2023.

The 19-year-old burst onto the scene by becoming the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam at the 2021 US Open, although she struggled to back that up in the following 12 months.

Raducanu suffered a frustrating season of injury and inconsistency and plummeted back down the rankings as a result.

However, after picking up an MBE from King Charles this week for services to tennis, Emma Raducanu says she is ready to start a new chapter.

“[Winning the US Open] wasn’t a big deal at all for my family – it was just like a normal Friday or Saturday night,” she told Grazia.

“I’ve never gone out. I’ve never done any normal teenage things.

“Between training and the travel, [the lifestyle] takes some getting used to, but I like to be on my own and it’s always about the bigger picture.

“In my career, I’ve done pretty well compared to most teenagers. Hopefully, I’ll be playing throughout my twenties and into my thirties – I’m looking forward to putting in a good shift.”

Raducanu goes into the 2023 season ranked 75 in the world despite breaking into the top ten in July.

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.