Emma Raducanu insists the sharp mind that saw the British teen achieve her A-levels could give her an edge
‘My homework is my greatest weapon’: Emma Raducanu insists the sharp mind that saw the British teen achieve her A-Levels could give her an edge over her opponents as she prepares for the third round of the US Open
- Emma Raducanu defeated China’s Zhang Shuai to reach the third round of the US Open
- The British teenager emerged as a future star at Wimbledon earlier this year
- She just passed her A levels and believes her intelligence helps her prepare better
- Raducanu meets Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in the third round in New York
Emma Raducanu likes to do her own homework on opponents, and if her A-levels pay off, she’ll be well prepared for her US Open third round.
The Kent teenager earned an A star and an A in maths and economics this summer, using her teaching discipline on Friday to delve into the game of her next opponent, Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Raducanu believes that the ability to properly study future challenges is as much a part of her arsenal as having a shot like her serve or backhand.
Emma Raducanu is analyzing Sara Sorribes Tormo ahead of their US Open matchup
The British teen defeated China’s Shuai Zhang in New York to advance to the third round
“I think everyone has their strengths in their game and one of mine is that he’s quite sharp mentally,” she said after beating China’s Zhang Shuai.
“My preparation is the key to my game and one of my greatest weapons. It definitely helped me in my game and I will work out a plan with my team.
“At this level, nobody really has a weakness. You can’t go for one side and expect a mistake. But there are always loopholes that you can find and some inconveniences, so that’s something I’m trying to expose. That’s what the homework hopefully brings out.”
So far it has given her three qualifying wins and two in the main draw, as she tries to match her fourth round performance at Wimbledon, in just her second Grand Slam appearance.
Later on Saturday, Sorribes Tormo, the number 41 in the world, stands in her way. While not of the highest profile, she has quietly built a reputation as one of the most enduring baseline fighters on the WTA Tour. She has already won 29 matches this year.
Raducanu has an A star and an A in Mathematics and Economics after completing her A levels
Her mother is a tennis coach and father played professional football in the second division in Spain. She will not knock Raducanu off the field but is in the best shape of her life and took 22nd seed Karolina Muchova in the first round.
A strong topspun forehand is a key feature of her game, and at the Olympics she defeated Wimbledon champion Ash Barty.
A player keen to identify with recently retired David Ferrer, who like her hails from the Valencia region, could prove to be the toughest opponent the British player has faced in her remarkable climb this summer.
Raducanu has played one more game in New York than at the All England Club. However, stamina seems to be less of an issue with the work she’s been able to do since.
“Wimbledon taught me how physical to be every game and in the end it was my physicality that let me down,” she said.
Raducanu is on the brink of entering the top 100 in the world as the rapid rise continues
“Now that I’ve played four or five weeks I’m still extremely fresh and new to the whole situation but I think given the games I’ve played I can keep up a lot more physically and that’s definitely the biggest standout thing in my game now.
“I don’t think it’s easier to play here than Wimbledon. Playing in front of a home crowd at Wimbledon is the pinnacle for me. But I absolutely love it here. The States and the crowds here make me feel at home and so welcome.’
Once again Raducanu is playing against someone much higher, although she is already assured of a place in the top 120 in the world, having been barely 400 when the grass field season started.
Another win would put her either inside or at the forefront of the top 100, though it’s only a matter of time before passing that milestone.