Emma Raducanu is looking to start anew with a “clean slate” ahead of her US Open title defence later this month.
Some 12 months ago the 19-year-old shot to fame after winning her maiden Grand Slam title in New York, having entered the tournament as a qualifier.
The British number one has had a torrid season so far, though, winning just 10 matches in 13 tournaments.
However, she showed signs of her old self last week in Washington DC, where she reached the last eight, and looks forward to competing at the National Bank Open in Toronto in the city of her birth.
“You don’t always realise – it is pretty easy to forget. My parents have always been pretty on me and involved,” she answered when asked about her rise to fame.
“Nothing changes – they tell me off for the same things! They just as involved in certain decisions because at the end of the day, I am a 19-year-old.
“To have success at a young age, obviously you have to be really grateful because I’m doing what I love, but also I’ve reached success way earlier than I ever really would have thought I did. So I’m pretty proud of myself in that way.
“But it has been a tough year. I’ve definitely gone through and experienced a lot of challenges. To be fair, I’ve learned a lot from all of it. I think it’s going to be nice once the US Open is finished and [I can] carry on from there. Start again.
“I think it will be nice to take all of the lessons from the last year and just [have] a clean slate.”
When speaking to the media ahead of the tournament, the Kent native revealed she is planning on traveling around and rediscovering the city she lived in for the first two years of her life.
“I am really looking forward to being in Toronto,” she continued.
“I was born here and I haven’t been back since. I can’t wait to go back and visit places I have photos in front of. I was born in North York hospital so I am going to go there. It was funny.
“I was born and it was the doctor’s birthday. I was born on the 13th (November 13 2002) and my dad was trying to delay it for a day before they thought 13 was unlucky.
“The doctor was like: ‘No, 13 is not unlucky’ and then they found out it was his birthday and he did pretty well for himself so they were like: ‘OK, it’s fine!’”
Seeded ninth this week, Raducanu will opener her tournament against 2021 Montreal champion Camila Giorgi in the first round on Tuesday.
With the US Open starting on August 29, she is also scheduled to play in the estern & Southern Open in Cincinnati as well prior to her return to Flushing Meadows.
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