Emma Raducanu is hungry for a repeat of her miracle in New York

A local breakfast staple will be on the menu when Emma Raducanu returns to New York next week to begin preparations to defend her US Open title. The London teenager who won the Grand Slam from the start of qualifying without dropping a set is aiming to scratch a particular itch unrelated to tennis.

“I’ve been really craving a bagel since last year,” the 19-year-old said after Thursday’s 7-5, 6-4 third-round loss to seventh-seeded American Jessica Pegula at the Masters Cincinnati ATP and WTA.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the city. But of course the tournament – I have special memories there from the juniors… and then last year it obviously happened.

“I can not wait to be there.”

Raduanu and his team look back on his run to glory which ended with the title last September.

“I’m seeing my US Open matches again.” she says. “There were certain times when I got a lot of freebies (mistakes from the opponent) or maybe they got a little tight.

“I think I have improved as a player. I find freedom in my swing.

“I think I achieved something great…but I was playing completely free (at the Open last year). I’m starting to do that again.”

Raducanu, who was seeded 10th, is relatively confident about his exit in Cincinnati after knocking out Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka in back-to-back matches.

“I really enjoyed this week. If I made a mistake, it was almost like a positive thing – well, you go,” Raducanu said.

“It paid off a lot more than it did. But I also honestly think my opponents have played a lot better this year.

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“This week was a big step for me. It’s one of the few tournaments where I really started to try my luck.”

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