Emma Raducanu said it’s surreal how much changed in just one year.
A year ago Raducanu was a lower-ranked player and how she is a Grand Slam champion and ranked at No. 19 in the world.
“Yeah, it’s pretty surreal. I remember my birthday last year and I think it was [in] one of the lockdowns,” Raducanu told Andrew Castle, as revealed on Tennishead.
“I wasn’t playing. It’s pretty amazing how everything changed in one year.
“It just shows that if you keep plugging away at your own work and not looking around, and stay focused, then anything can happen.”
Raducanu is in contention for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.
“Am I preparing a speech? No, I mean, definitely not. I’m rooting for Lewis [Hamilton],” Raducanu admitted.
“He’s been such a great role model for me in terms of helping me out and through these next stages. He’s a really cool person.”
Raducanu drew attention to herself at Wimbledon
Raducanu made the Wimbledon round-of-16 as a wild card before she was forced to retire against Ajla Tomljanovic.
“Wimbledon was the first moment I was being competitive on a global scale. Obviously there was so much excitement going on and adrenaline I’d never felt before, because it was the first time,” Raducanu told Sky News.
Raducanu became the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam at the US Open.
“I arrived in New York just hoping to get through qualifying maybe. I was pretty tired. I just had the most amazing time and I think the key to that was I just focused on the day,” Raducanu admitted. “The time flew by, It went so fast by the end of it I was like, ‘I don’t wanna leave yet, I wanna stay’, and it was getting to the latter stages of the tournament and I was thinking, ‘but, what if? You’re here, so why not?’ But no one made a big deal of it.”