A photo of 11-year-old Emma Raducanu from the 2014 Braga Open has resurfaced.
Emma at the Braga Open in 2014#Raducano | #EmmaRaducanu pic.twitter.com/Y0gPoKn0Jn — Emma Raducanu fans (@RaducanuNews) January 28, 2023
In 2014, 11-year-old Raducanu was competing in an under-12 youth tournament in Braga.
In the final, Raducanu defeated France’s Giulia Morlet for the title. In 2021, tennis social media freelancer Bastien Fachen found a video of Raducanu being interviewed at the 2014 Braga youth tournament.
A look at Emma Raducanu’s pre-match interview ahead of the US Open final pic.twitter.com/gvmKAOc9KW —Bastien Fachan (@BastienFachan) September 10, 2021
Nine years later, Raducanu is a Grand Slam champion and one of the game’s most popular players.
Raducanu quickly became one of the most popular tennis players.
Raducanu hasn’t won a title since her impressive triumph at the 2021 US Open, but she remains one of the most popular players on the WTA Tour. Raducanu is especially popular with the younger generation and there have been reports that her interest in tennis in Britain has grown after the Briton’s US Open triumph.
Meanwhile, Raducanu last competed at the Australian Open, where she defeated Tamara Korpatsch before losing to Cori Gauff in the second round. Raducanu, who suffered an ankle injury 10 days before the Australian Open, said just competing at Melbourne Park was a success for her.
«I would say that all the chips were against us and the chances of me playing this tournament were very, very low. I think 13 days ago, if you had told us, ‘Hey, you’re going to be in the draw and win a round ‘, surely it would have been a great effort.
That being said, I still think I didn’t necessarily play my best today. I felt that I could have done better. I just have to check the body right now. I’ve had some discomfort in the last few months, and I just need to fix it, train and then we’ll see after that.
I am really buying and trusting the work that I am doing with [new coach] Sebastian (Sachs) and the rest of the team. So I feel good and I’m confident that six months from now, I know it won’t be the finished product, but hopefully I’ve moved on,» Raducanu said after his Australian Open exit.