Emma Raducanu: US Open champion preparing for Upper Austria Ladies Linz after breaking into top 20
British No 1 Emma Raducanu prepares to face Chinese qualifier Wang Xinyu at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz in good spirits; she said: "I just really want to have fun this week and try and enjoy it because it's the last one of the season and I feel like I'm really in a positive mind space"
Last Updated: 09/11/21 8:14am
Emma Raducanu says she is in a "positive mind space" ahead of the Upper Austria Ladies Linz tournament having cracked the top 20 on Monday.
The US Open champion will play her opening match against Chinese qualifier Wang Xinyu as she looks to build on her first two main tour victories in Romania last month.
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Raducanu said: "It's cool but I haven't really looked at seedings. I never looked at seedings even when I was unranked, playing a seed in a tournament. It meant nothing to me so I'm sure it means nothing to the other players.
"It's just as much motivation if not more to take out a seed. I just really want to have fun this week and try and enjoy it because it's the last one of the season and I feel like I'm really in a positive mind space."
Wang is ranked down at 106 but, as Raducanu has expertly demonstrated this year, that can count for little, and the Chinese player has shown encouraging form under British coach, Iain Hughes, who formerly guided Elina Svitolina and Belinda Bencic.
She has already won three matches this week - two in qualifying and then a first-round victory over Kateryna Kozlova on Monday.
"I'm happy that I get the chance to play her and I will just try to enjoy it and play my tennis," said the 20-year-old Wang.
"Girls' tennis has always been not a huge gap between players that are in the top 20 or top 100, or even 150. I think it's just a few matches that gives you confidence, I think everybody can play so there are no easy matches and everybody can win if you believe in yourself and believe in your shots."
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Raducanu sent a message to her Chinese supporters in Mandarin from New York, and Wang said: "After she won the US Open there was a lot of news about her because obviously her mum is from China.
"I think that's also inspiring for the Chinese players because someone Chinese has won a Grand Slam. I think that's a really good thing."
China is the biggest commercial market for women's tennis and Raducanu's links to the country are likely to be lucrative for her financially in the future.
"Yes, definitely," said Wang. "China for tennis has been always a big market. I didn't know she can speak Chinese but that's definitely good for her."