An 18-year-old Emma Raducanu needed two Major tournaments to show her rich talent on the most notable scene and become one of the world’s best players. The young Briton reached the fourth round at Wimbledon on her Major debut in front of the home fans and went all the way at the US Open to become the youngest Major champion in New York since Maria Sharapova! Emma is currently ranked just outside the top-20 with those points and will see even bigger career goals with the new coach in her box. Namely, Emma decided to part ways with Andrew Richardson, who led her towards the US Open glory, looking for a more experienced coach who is more familiar with the WTA Tour. Raducanu and Richardson have known each other since Emma was 11, meeting each other at the Bromley Tennis Centre and staying in touch.
Emma Raducanu parted ways with Andrew Richardson after winning US Open.
However, Emma worked with Nigel Sears in the past, and she embraced Richardson as her full-time coach only in July. They went to the States and had four memorable weeks, with Raducanu scoring 14 wins in 15 encounters! After losing the Chicago final, Emma found his A-game in New York and toppled ten rivals in straight sets within three weeks to write history books and earn tennis glory. Raducanu passed three qualifying rounds and stunned Belinda Bencic and Maria Sakkari en route to her first Major final at 18. Facing another teenager Leylah Fernandez in the title clash, Emma scored a 6-4, 6-3 victory to become a Major champion, the first who achieved that at only her second Major event!
“After Wimbledon, I was ranked around the 200th place, and at that time, I thought Andrew should be alongside me in New York. I never dreamed about winning the US Open and becoming world no. 22; that’s crazy to me. I feel like at this stage in my career, and facing the rivals from the top, I realized I need someone who has had that WTA Tour experience at the high levels. That means that I’m looking for someone who has been at this level and knows what it takes. I’m so new to the whole situation, and I need someone experienced to guide me through it. I will decide about my next tournament in the next couple of days. I have not had that much time to switch off and rest. I have to return to the practice court and make sure I’m ready to compete again,” Emma Raducanu said.