Emma Raducanu presents her US Open trophy to the National Tennis Center in London as a ‘big thank you’ for the LTA that helped the British teenager claim a fairytale victory in New York.
- Emma Raducanu, 18, became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam
- The teenager has donated her US Open trophy to the Lawn Tennis Association
- She reached the round of 16 at the Transylvania Open on Thursday by beating Ana Bogdan.
Emma Raducanu has made a long-term loan of her US Open trophy to the National Tennis Center as thanks for the support she received from the British game.
After doing the last eight of the Transylvania Open on Thursday, the Kent teenager revealed that she wanted her to be shown at Roehampton in appreciation for the assistance she’s had from the Lawn Tennis Association.
“ I think the LTA has done a lot for me, and I wanted them to have it as a sign and a big thank you for everything they did, helping me in the younger ages, ” Raducanu said after defeating Romanian Ana Bogdan for 6- 3, 6-4.
Emma Raducanu with the US Open trophy after her impressive victory over Leylah Fernandez
‘They took control of my development, so it’s a small gift. Actually, I haven’t seen it yet. I sent it straight to the NTC so I can’t wait to go. I don’t know if it’s there right now, but that’s the address. ‘
Not everyone is so grateful for the generosity of the governing body, which in this case involved funding for training and travel from his teens. As with many things about Raducanu, his attitude is not entirely in line with the norm.
It showed more evidence of the talent he has in beating a certain opponent ranked just outside the top 100 more easily than his progression in the first round.
She staged an intriguing quarter-final against 19-year-old Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk, the 55th in the world.
Raducanu at the National Tennis Center after his US Open win in September
Kostyuk took a very different tennis path during her teenage years until Raducanu, dedicating herself to the game with professional zeal while the British player was giving more priority to obtaining GCSE and A-levels.
She was seen as an imminent phenomenon when she reached the third round of the Australian Open at just 15. Since then, her progress has been more steady than spectacular.
When the two players’ paths crossed at youth events, the amount of time they spent playing tennis was apparent.
“Marta is a great opponent, she absolutely destroyed me in the lower categories every time, so it will be an interesting match, I am looking forward to it,” said Raducanu.
The 18-year-old beat Romanian Ana Bogdan to reach the round of 16 at the Transylvania Open
But she played full time and practiced, on the road, from a very young age. She developed many skills by doing that. I came from behind and caught up this year.
‘She is a great move and a great athlete. But the showdown will be quite different because we have both come a long way since then.
“ I was taking months off at a time of exams or due to the Covid pandemic while other players were playing on the tour. I definitely wanted to go out myself, but I just needed to trust that I was doing the right thing. That hunger I got from taking a little break has helped me all this summer. ‘
It will be the first quarter-final he has played at the regular level of the WTA Tour after proving too solid for Bogdan, who nevertheless provided adequate proof.