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Emma Raducanu brands her critics 'a joke' as she turns attention to US Open defence

Emma Raducanu has delivered a cutting message to her critics, saying: "I’m a slam champion! No one’s going to take that away from me."
Emma Raducanu calls critics a joke

Emma Raducanu has lashed out at her critics, branding suggestions she may struggle to deal with the pressure of defending her US Open title as 'a joke'

Raducanu crashed out of Wimbledon in the second round on Wednesday, losing in straight sets to the impressive Caroline Garcia.

Her attention will now turn to the US Open, where last year she became the first qualifier to ever win a major.

Asked how she feels she will deal with the pressure of defending her US Open title, Raducanu said: "There’s no pressure.

“Like, why is there any pressure? I’m still 19. Like, it’s a joke. I literally won a slam.

“Yes, I have had attention. But I’m a slam champion, so no one’s going to take that away from me. If anything, the pressure is on those who haven’t done that."

Things have probably not progressed as Emma Raducanu would have liked or expected since Flushing Meadows last year.

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She is yet to win another title and has struggled with injury. However, she says she can't wait to get back to the US Open.

"Going back to New York, it's going to be cool because I have got a lot of experiences playing on big courts, playing with people in the stadium, playing with the spotlight on you.

"I don't mind that. I mean, for me, everything is learning. I'm embracing every single moment that is thrown at me."

"I haven't thought about my schedule, to be honest. I just came off. But that's something I'll talk to my team about.

"I want to start my preparations on the hard courts. I think that Washington would be a great place to do that.

"Last year I played a lot of matches leading up. Yeah, I just wanted to give myself a chance really."

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