NEW YORK (AP) — Emma Raducanu sat on her sideline chair at Arthur Ashe Stadium with her left knee, in her words, "gushing with blood."
OK, maybe a bit of hyperbole there. Still, the 18-year-old from Britain had just hurt herself on a fall behind the baseline at a most inopportune moment: serving for the U.S. Open championship in only the second Grand Slam tournament of her nascent career.
When play resumed after a trainer cleaned and bandaged Raducanu's cut, she was about to face a break point in Saturday's final against 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez. This was after Raducanu already had wasted two match points in the previous game. Could have been a time to lose her focus, lose her way. To be overwhelmed by it all.
Instead, this is what Raducanu's thought process was during that delay, a mindset that bodes well for the out-of-nowhere title winner at Flushing Meadows: "I guess I just went over and was really trying to think what my patterns of play were going to be, what I was going to try to execute. Going out there facing a break point after a two-, three-minute disruption isn't easy. I think I managed for sure to really pull off the clutch plays when I needed to."
Just as she did throughout her impressive trip to New York.
https://apnews.com/article/us-open-tennis-championships-sports-new-york-serena-williams-emma-raducanu-7cad95b0400651b031c48cf22dcf3539 — who had been playing well enough to beat defending champion Naomi Osaka and three other seeded women over the past two weeks — made Raducanu a star.