Raducanu explains how she deals with increased ‘opinions and expectations’

Emma Raducanu wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year

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British tennis star Emma Raducanu has explained how she deals with increased ‘opinions and expectations’ following her remarkable breakthrough year in 2021.

Raducanu became a star overnight in September after breaking nearly every record in the book to claim her first ever Grand Slam title at the US Open.

At just 19-years-old the youngster failed to drop a single set throughout the whole tournament, and became the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam event.

Following this Raducanu went from an exciting British prospect to one of the most recognised names in sport overnight.

This in turn has led to her game being scrutinised much more than prior to her record-breaking triumph at Flushing Meadows, and the Brit has opened up on how she deals with the pressures despite being just 19.

In an interview with Sky Sports she revealed that whilst she is aware that tennis fans and experts are going to constantly voice their opinions on her game, she for the most part doesn’t take notice.

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Raducanu said: “I feel like people are going to have opinions and expectations on me but I don’t really think about that at all.”

As a result she went on to add that the only opinion that matters to her, is that of her dad’s and of course her own thoughts.

She continued: “To me it doesn’t really matter.

“The only thing that matters to me is my expectations of myself and what I want to achieve and get out of the day.

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“It’s just about improving and seeing yourself get better.”

The teenager’s record-breaking breakthrough campaign was capped off in style last week, after she claimed the Sports Personality of the Year award in recognition of her impressive efforts.

And the award led to more welcome records for Raducanu as she became the first female athlete since Zara Phillips to pick up the prestigious prize.

Despite picking up the award the tennis star was unable to attend the awards ceremony, and instead gave her winner’s speech via a video call from Abu Dhabi, where she is preparing for next month’s Australian Open.

She said: “To win, it’s really pretty amazing for me, I am really happy with this.

“I have always watched Sports Personality of the Year growing up, so I am really humbled to join the amazing past winners.

“I am also very happy for British tennis that we were able to get this award again,

 “Thank you so much to the voters and all of the fans for all of the support I have received this past year. It has been absolutely insane.”

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