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Quote of the Day: Emma Raducanu “literally won a Slam,” in case anyone forgot
After bowing out of Wimbledon in the second round, the 19-year-old Brit shut down any idea that feeling “pressure” could be a factor in her US Open title defense at the end of the summer.
Published Jun 29, 2022
WATCH: Emma Raducanu speaks with the media after her 2022 Wimbledon second round loss.
I’m not sure which is more daunting for British players: stepping onto Centre Court before their Wimbledon match, or stepping into the press room to field media questions after an early defeat.
Emma Raducanu did both on Wednesday afternoon at SW19, after being outplayed 6-3, 6-3 by a dialed-in Caroline Garcia in the second round. It put an end to the 19-year-old’s fairytale homecoming, which had seen her make a winning Centre Court debut against Alison van Uytvanck.
With her grass-court season over, Raducanu will now turn her attention to the North American hard-court swing—and her US Open title defense bid, which awaits at the end of the summer.
But while she’s still struggling to navigate the ups and downs of her brutal sophomore year, Raducanu assured the weight of her US Open achievement is not adding on more pressure. On the contrary, she told press.
“I'm a Slam champion, so no one's going to take that away from me,” Raducanu said. “If anything, the pressure is on those who haven't done that.”
Our Baseline Quote of the Day, courtesy of a Raducanu decked out in $37,000 of Tiffany & Co. pearls and not letting anyone get her down.
Q. Next time you step onto a Grand Slam court, it's going to be as defending champion. How much has this week and the grass-court buildup with all the home pressure helped you for that moment?
EMMA RADUCANU: There's no pressure. Why is there any pressure? I'm still 19. Like, it's a joke. I literally won a Slam.
Going back to New York, it's going to be cool because I have got a lot of experiences playing on big courts, playing with people in the stadium, playing with the spotlight on you.
I don't mind that. For me, everything is learning. I'm embracing every single moment that is thrown at me.