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Emma Raducanu 'still hungry for more' after U.S. Open title

Yardbarker logo Yardbarker 10/7/2021 Zac Wassink, Yardbarker
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18-year-old Emma Raducanu became the new face of women's tennis this summer via a shocking run at the Wimbledon Championships followed by the new British No. 1 winning not just the U.S. Open crown, but every set she played during the year's final Grand Slam event. 

Raducanu is preparing to face Aliaksandra Sasnovich in her BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells opener on Friday after she received a wild-card entry into the tournament and explained she's both enjoying what she's already accomplished but also ready to move forward. 

"It was such a cool experience and sometimes you do just rewind and relive the moment and the feelings," Raducanu said of tasting victory in New York, per Raz Mirza of Sky Sports. "It's great to reflect and have that so gradually it sort of sinks in.

"I am just super proud of the achievement. I am now looking forward. I am not going to cling on to that. I am still hungry for more, really." 

If Raducanu can topple Sasnovich, the teenager could face two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep in the following round. 

"Obviously Simona is my idol and if it were to happen I would be really excited and up for it because it's just an amazing opportunity and experience," Raducanu added about that potential matchup. "One match at a time. Just looking forward to getting out there when I play my first match." 

Raducanu parted ways with coach Andrew Richardson last month to ultimately hire somebody with more experience working the world's biggest tournaments. She is currently receiving guidance from former British No. 1 Jeremy Bates on a short-term basis. 

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