’No one knew her’: Emma Raducanu, youthful freedom and US Open glory | Tumaini Carayol

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Last year she was kicked off a practice court in a New York park; now Cincinnati run hints at a return of that carefree youngster

An hour into Emma Raducanu’s startling third-round match at the US Open last year, she still, somehow, had not lost a single game. In the second grand slam event of her career, the 18-year-old had lined up against the eternally steady Sara Sorribes Tormo, a match-up that seemed destined to push Raducanu to her limits. Instead, the youngster tore her apart. Raducanu led 6-0, 5-0 with a match point on her opponent’s serve, then a game later, served out the win over her top 50-ranked opponent. With it, the idea of what she could really achieve in the following days began to shift.

“It was at that point I thought: ‘Whoa, hang on a minute,’” says Katie O’Brien, a former British No 1. “If you maintain this level she could be a real contender. I think we were all saying it a bit tongue-in-cheek. I’m not quite sure there was any substance behind those words.”

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Written by Tumaini Carayol in New York
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