US Open champion Emma Raducanu played down the pressure on her young shoulders after crashing out of Wimbledon in the second round on Wednesday.

The British 10th seed went down 6-3, 6-3 against Caroline Garcia, disappointing a partisan home crowd on Centre Court.

But the 19-year-old was sanguine after her defeat, saying she “didn’t really have many expectations of myself”.

Emma Raducanu was asked whether experiencing the pressure at Wimbledon again would help her as she prepares for the defence of her US Open title.

But she laughed it off, saying she was looking forward to returning to Flushing Meadows.

“There’s no pressure,” she said. “Like, why is there any pressure? I’m still 19.

“Like, it’s a joke. I literally won a Slam. Going back to New York, it’s going to be cool because I have got a lot of experiences playing on big courts, playing with people in the stadium, playing with the spotlight on you.

“I don’t mind that. I mean, for me, everything is learning. I’m embracing every single moment that is thrown at me.”

Emma Raducanu, who was troubled by a side strain in the run-up to Wimbledon, was broken five times in the match by her French opponent, ranked 55 in the world.

The British player was on the back foot early in the contest after being broken in her first service game and won just 45 per cent of points on her first serve.

She said he had been hampered by a lack of time on court since the French Open due to various niggles but that she had been fit for Wimbledon.

“I declared myself fully fit when I walked out onto the court on the first day,” she said.

“But I’ve played seven hours of tennis in a month. To even compete with these girls at this level and win a round I think is a pretty good achievement.”

Garcia, fresh from winning on grass at Bad Homberg, hit 25 winners in an impressive display.

Emma Raducanu

“Emma is a huge player and in her home tournament and she proved she can do very well on the big stage,” she said.

“I really enjoyed playing on Centre Court, it was my first time and very special.”

Naomi Osaka is one of the strongest tennis players competing on the WTA tour and one of the most emotional. The Japanese sensation has rarely managed to hold her emotions during her career. Unfortunately, Naomi had a harsh meltdown in March when she competed in Indian Wells. Osaka was hugely upset for being insulted by a spectator when playing against Veronika Kudermetova. She couldn’t hold tears for the entire match.

Things when much better for Naomi in Miami, where she reached the final before losing to an inspired Iga Swiatek. After the match, Naomi revealed that she doesn’t want to cry anymore in public.

“I would say like I’m like really grateful for it. It kind of almost made me cry, but I don’t want to cry in public anymore. So I was holding it in.

Naomi Osaka

It meant a lot to me. I feel like aside from like winning and losing, I appreciated the fact that people were happy to see me like playing again or happy to see me happy. So I appreciated it like on a human-being basis.”

Naomi Osaka in 2022

Currently ranked no.35, the Japanese played her last encounter on the 2nd of April when she capitulated to world no.1 Iga Swiatek 6-4 6-0 in the final in Miami (draw).

This season Osaka owns an overall 11-3 win-loss record. Naomi Osaka’s latest run in Miami was the best achievement of her season.

Iga Swiatek in 2022

Ranked no.2 (career-high), Iga played her last match on the 2nd of April when she defeated world no.77 Naomi Osaka 6-4 6-0 in the final in Miami to win her 6th career title.

This season Iga has an overall 26-3 record. Swiatek has won 3 titles in 2022 in Doha, in Indian Wells and in Miami.

naomi osaka

Naomi Osaka and Iga Swiatek faced off just twice. Their current record is 1-1. Previously, the last time they played each other, Iga Swiatek won 6-4 6-0 in the final in Miami (Miami Open) on the 2nd of April 2022.

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