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Sport: Emma Raducanu faces huge challenge to adapt as ‘everyone is looking at her'

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Emma Raducanu has been warned she faces a huge challenge to live up to her heroics of 2021. The 19-year-old sensationally captured the US Open without dropping a set in September, becoming the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam.

Her triumph also ended a 44-year wait for a British woman to win a major title - dating back to when Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.

Remarkably, the tournament represented just her second Grand Slam appearance, having debuted at Wimbledon last summer, reaching the last 16 before retiring from her match with Ajla Tomljanovic with breathing difficulties.

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She duly shot to superstardom after her final win over Leylah Fernandez at Flushing Meadows, receiving congratulatory messages from members of the royal family and, amongst other events, attending the prestigious Met Gala in New York. This week, she was named the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year.

However, things have not gone smoothly since returning to action, with a quarter-final appearance at the Transylvania Open representing her best return.

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Emma Raducanu with her US Open trophy © GETTY Emma Raducanu with her US Open trophy

She's now set to play an exhibition match at the Champions Tour Event in London on Sunday, which will round off a 2021 campaign that has seen her climb more than 300 places to no 19 in the world rankings.

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Now former ATP player Fernando Gonzalez, who retired in 2012, has warned the young star that now "everyone will be looking at her" as she seeks to build on her breakthrough year.

"She will need a few months to adapt to everything now," the Chilean told Tennis365.

"To be the US Open champion is a lot for her to take in when you consider she was ranked at 150 before that event started and now she is the player everyone talks about.

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"I saw some moments of Raducanu's first qualifying round at the US Open and there are like five people watching. Then two and a half weeks later, she is winning the big prize money and she is the champion in front of a full crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium and all around the world knows about her. It is an amazing story."

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However Fernandez, 41, who will also be appearing at the Champions Tour event at Albert Hall, is confident that Raducanu has the mental strength to cope with the extra pressure.

"We have to give her some time because clearly she is a great player with a great mentality and she will have a big career. To reach a Grand Slam final so early in your career and play such a great match against a player from your own generation was tough, but she won," he added.

"Now everyone is looking at her, expecting her to do something special and the other players want to beat her. That can be tough, but she is going to be fine."

Fernando Gonzalez has warned Emma Raducanu. © GETTY Fernando Gonzalez has warned Emma Raducanu.

Raducanu will play Romanian Elena-Gabriela Ruse this weekend, and took to Twitter to underline her excitement.

"So excited to be playing in front of a home crowd this weekend," she said.

"An event I would go to watch as a young kid. Also to see some legends go head-to-head at the Royal Albert Hall."

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