British US Open champion Emma Raducanu has called for “patience” as she returns to court at the Transylvania Open in Cluj, Romania today.
The 18-year-old takes on Polona Hercog looking to win her first WTA Tour match since New York, since losing in the first round at Indian Wells three weeks ago.
Raducanu, who’s father is Romanian, is also searching for a new coach having parted ways with Andrew Richardson after her New York triumph.
“I don’t think there is any pressure on me,” Radicanu said. “I feel like everyone should just be a little patient with me.
“I am going to find my tennis, I just need a little bit of time. But I am really enjoying it.
“I feel like I am the same person. I still go out there, approaching the same as before.
“I am really enjoying my tennis right now. I feel it will be in a great place. In the long term, I know it will be up and down, the past few weeks I have learned a lot about myself.
“I am really excited for the next chapter. This end of the season and the next year I can play on the tour, like a full year, and that is the most exciting thing.
“Patience is key. Because, as I said, there are a lot of lows, where you learn about your game. You adjust to each level gradually.
“I kind of went from zero to the top of the game. So, it’s obviously going to take some time to adjust and adapt but hopefully with some good work I will be able to do that.”