“Whenever I can, I love to go back to Romania, that’s where my dad came from. I have so many positive and happy memories from there so I am really looking forward to coming back. See you soon.”
Raducanu has endured a challenging year after her US Open success, although this was her first full year on the WTA tour and a drop in form after such a triumphant victory seemed inevitable for the teenager. She was beaten in straight sets by Cornet, having not dropped a set en route to her victory a year earlier.
“Obviously it would have been great to defend the title,” Raducanu reflected last week. “But I want new experiences. In a way I’ve kind of done that, so I want another tournament. It doesn’t really matter what it is. I think any player would be happy to win a tournament.”
Raducanu has struggled in the Grand Slams this year, reaching the second round at each of Wimbledon, the French Open and the Australian Open.