US Open champion Emma Raducanu’s biggest strengths lie not just in her tennis talents, but also in her mind, according to her coach.
The 18-year old Brit talent defeated Leylah Fernandez to become the first qualifier and first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in 44 years.
The British teenager needed to be as strong as her physical abilities, but she also required mental determination and calculated skills.
Speaking to the BBC, Andrew Richardson, Raducanu’s coach, who has worked with her since she was just 10 years old, said: “For me, the biggest strength she has is the mind.
“I think everything starts with the mind and the strength she has shown throughout the trip; and the resilience she showed.
“Her ability to deal with adversity and compete is where it all starts. I have known her since childhood and she has always been a great person.
“I’m not sure it can be coached. I think a lot of it is parenting, and her parents should take a lot of credit for the person Emma is. The mental strength she has is truly special.”
Therefore, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Emma also proves to be quite the genius when it comes to excelling in mathematics, securing an A* in the subject at A-Level and a subsequent A in the complimentary subject of economics.
She achieved impressive grades while also excelling in her sport and preparing for the match that would change her life.
Liz Blake, the headteacher of Raducanu’s former school Bickley Primary School, was beaming with pride as she recalled the match.
Liz said: “Staff who taught Emma are not surprised by her success.
“She was always very measured, determined and competitive and won the sprint every year.
“She was very bright and good at all subjects, maths in particular.
“To think that she’s 18 and she’s recently taken her A-Levels and there she is, all those many miles away playing fantastic tennis and reaching the finals.
“We’re so incredibly proud of her.”
In addition to helping her thrive in the sporting world, her love for maths and academia shines through on a personal level too, one example being an Instagram clip shared to her platform at the end of last year in which she works out a complex maths equation; the answer ingeniously resembling a message reading ‘Merry Christmas’.
Raducanu proves that the worlds of sport and mathematics truly are combined, sharing strong links and mental determination.
Game, set, match – it appears that the world is Radacanu’s oyster and it’ll be interesting to see how she continues with combining her passions for sport and maths as she goes forward with her British no.1 title.