AFTER her Fairytale in New York, Emma Raducanu is ready to spend Christmas alone in an Australian hotel room.
The British teen sensation, 18, will do ‘whatever it takes’ for further Slam glory.
Emma Raducanu may spend Christmas in self-isolation in a hotel before the Australian OpenCredit: Getty
Raducanu became a global superstar in the space of two weeks and is now plotting her diary following the US Open success.
Those willing to play at the Australian Open in January 2022 may have to sacrifice Christmas festivities under new plans being drawn up.
Raducanu said: “I want to be at the Australian Open, so whatever it takes to do, I’ll go.”
For the 2021 event, which was pushed back to February, stars were required to spend two weeks in hotel quarantine.
Though the proposals for next January have not yet been made public, the new world No 22 is undaunted.
One objective on Raducanu’s mind is taking on and then beating top-ten female players for the first time.
She said: “I like to challenge myself and obviously it’s going to be extremely difficult to beat a top-ten player or a player of that quality.
“But I’m up for it. Even if I lose I think it’d be great to see where I’m at compared to where the best in the world are.
“So either way it would be a win-win. I feel like I’m learning and absorbing all the knowledge that I’m gaining like a sponge.
“That’s what I really want to do. I’m not focused on results, I’m focused on how much I can learn because that’s what’s really going to drive me forward.
“In one tournament, you can’t say I’m a favourite. I’m still so new to everything.”
Raducanu is still on a high after winning the US Open as a qualifierCredit: Alamy