EMMA RADUCANU won the US Open as an 18-year-old qualifier.
Emma Raducanu has revealed the good luck charm she carries around with her. The world No 13 became a brand ambassador for Dior after winning the US Open and showed off everything she keeps in her designer bag when she’s away from the court. Raducanu is next set to compete in Mexico later this month.
Raducanu stunned the sporting world when she became the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam title at the US Open last September, while just 18-years-old and ranked down at world No 150.
The Bromley local became an international household name almost overnight after her record-breaking triumph, and along with her new top 25 ranking she was quickly snapped up as the face of multiple brands.
One of her first signings as a brand ambassador was with luxury fashion house Dior, and now ranked at a career-high of world No 13, the teenager continued her work with the brand to give fans a glimpse into her everyday handbag.
Revealing the contents of her white Lady Dior, Raducanu showed off her lucky charm and explained what she kept “stealing” during the US Open.
“I love how you can’t check the photo at the time so you can really be present,” she said, first pulling out a disposable camera, saying she carried one around at all times.
After taking out a ball, which the 19-year-old said she always brought to practice her ball toss, Raducanu then pulled a small red medal out of her bag, explaining why she chose the memento as her good luck charm over her US Open trophy.
Explaining what it was, she said: “Next up, it’s one of the first tournaments that I won.
“I think it’s really, really special to carry this with me, almost like a good luck charm. I think the big one from the US Open maybe wouldn’t fit in here.”
Showing off other items including her passport and headphones, the US Open champion then tipped out some mints and explained why they had become “an obsession” during her time in New York.
“Actually it stated in New York at the US Open, I became notorious for stealing all the mints.
“Every time I walked past, I’d grab a handful and yeah, it kind of became a bit of an obsession.”
The Bromley teenager was unable to replicate her US Open heroics at the recent Australian Open, crashing out in the second round while suffering with severe blistering.
Having scored an impressive win over former world No 3 and 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round, Raducanu could barely hold her racket, serve or hit forehands in her next match against Danka Kovinic.
It was a valiant effort from the teenager who stuck it out for two hours and 38 minutes before falling in three sets.
She is next set to play in the upcoming Abierto Akron Zapopan, a WTA 250 event in Guadalajara, Mexico where she will be the top seed.
Raducanu is also included on the entry list for the WTA 1000 in Indian Wells next month.