Emma Raducanu says she can 'thrive' under the pressure at Wimbledon as she won her first ever match on Centre Court.
Raducanu made her breakthrough at Wimbledon last year, but she ultimately broke down under the pressure on Court One and conceded the match due to anxiety.
A lot has happened since then, though, with her becoming the first qualifier to ever win a major at the US Open.
Raducanu beat Alison Van Uytvanck 6-4, 6-4 at Wimbledon to make a perfect start to her 2022 challenge, and there were absolutely no signs of withering under the pressure. Quite the opposite, in fact.
“Big matches and big occasions are the ones that I really sort of get the most fired up for," she said.
"It’s definitely a different feeling. I love playing on the big stages, on big occasions. Instead of, like, shying away from it, I really thrive in that.”
“From the moment I walked out through those gates, I could really just feel the energy and the support and everyone was behind me from the word ‘go’.
“I just really tried to cherish every single point on there. I played every point like it could have been one of my last on that court.”
“To play on Centre Court and get a win for the first time, it’s amazing. Now every time I go back, I’m just going to have a great first experience. That always helps.”
It was a fine win for Emma Raducanu considering she picked up an injury just two weeks ago at Nottingham so has not been able to play any warm-up tournaments.
She, though, says she never necessarily saw that as a problem.
"My preparation wasn’t necessarily the greatest. But I know that when it comes to the matches, I feel like I really especially switch on.
"I don’t feel like I need a massive amount of preparation. Of course, I have to build physically.
“I think a lot of it is mental, and I definitely went out with the belief today. I know that I can compete with anyone on the other side of the court when I really go for it.”
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