Emma Raducanu: US Open champion’s psychological power is really particular, says coach

The coach who guided Emma Raducanu to her astonishing US Open triumph says her psychological power is “really particular”.

Andrew Richardson was employed after Wimbledon for the journey to the USA, however says there haven’t but been any conversations concerning the future.

Raducanu, 18, beat 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez on Saturday to turn into the primary qualifier, and first British girl for 44 years, to win a Grand Slam singles title.

“No, no conversations,” Richardson stated, shortly after being offered with the successful coaches’ trophy by {the teenager}.

“That is clearly a second that does not occur fairly often so I will get pleasure from that, and I feel she ought to as effectively.

“I am certain once we get again to England, we’ll sit down and see what the plans are, so we’ll see.”

Richardson, who till the tip of final yr was the top efficiency coach at Culford Faculty, set Raducanu no result-orientated targets over the seven-week journey.

However the 47-year-old did inform her after US Open qualifying that somebody was going to must play very effectively to beat her.

“For me, the most important power she has is the thoughts,” stated Richardson, who additionally labored with Raducanu from the age of 10.

“I feel the whole lot begins with the thoughts and the power she has proven all through the journey; and the resilience she confirmed.

“Her capability to cope with adversity and compete is the place all of it begins. I’ve recognized her from a younger age, and she or he’s at all times had that.

“I am undecided it may be coached. I feel a number of it’s parenting, and her mother and father ought to take a number of credit score for the individual Emma is. The psychological power she has is really particular.”

After finishing a photograph shoot and a spherical of media interviews on Saturday night, Raducanu loved a midnight dinner along with her staff at their lodge.

The champion should now determine what number of extra tournaments she needs to compete in over the course of what stays of the season.

The celebrated WTA occasion in Indian Wells is simply over three weeks away and though Raducanu’s rating will rise to 23, she would compete as a wildcard because the entry listing has already been printed.

If she performs and performs effectively in California, there’s an outdoor likelihood Raducanu might qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals for the yr’s top-eight gamers.

The Finals are anticipated to be staged in Guadalajara, Mexico, in early November, though that’s but to be formally confirmed.

Expectations will inevitably be excessive subsequent yr, and the LTA’s head of ladies’s tennis Iain Bates has sounded a observe of warning.

“There must be a level of perspective in that Emma’s not but performed a full yr on tour,” he instructed BBC Sport.

“She wants to take action many different issues round getting used to tour life, and studying the best way to play and compete and win, week in week out.

“I feel we needs to be optimistic for the long run however we’d want to provide her a while to seek out her ft and develop right into a participant who hopefully we will watch for a few years.”

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