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Emma Raducanu reflects on 'journey' after reaching significant anniversary

Emma Raducanu celebrates

Emma Raducanu gas reflected on her 'journey' over the past year from A Level student to tennis history-maker.

The 19-year-old became the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam at the US Open last year, coming from nowhere to win the title without even dropping a set.

That has helped her climb to number 11 in the WTA world rankings, despite enduring a tough time since then.

She is now embarking on the first clay season of her professional career, and has made a decent start with good performances at Stuttgart and now Madrid.

It's certainly significant progress in 12 months, especially given she was still taking her exams this time last year.

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Speaking to reporters in Madrid, Emma Raducanu said: “It’s funny because I was on my phone today and I looked at it and it sent me like the memories and one year ago today, I took my last maths exam, my Paper Three and then I was just reflecting on that and I was like: ‘Oh my god, like 365 days ago, I was literally sat in an exam hall doing Paper Three.’

“I would have taken everything that’s happened and dealt with any sort of downs or losses or whatever those feelings are, if you would have given me what I’ve had in the last year, so it definitely gave me a lot of satisfaction and being very proud of myself. So I was really looking forward to carrying on.

“If I hadn’t have won the US Open, I feel like that would have been a good result for someone who’s 19.

"But in the more recent weeks, I have definitely just taken more pleasure in the journey of it and even when I’m losing, I find it like a great challenge to pick myself back up.”

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