Emma Raducanu insists her disappointing second round exit at Wimbledon is all part of a learning experience, despite failing to live up to the lofty weight of expectation from home fans.
While Raducanu came well short of hitting the heights of last year's historic US Open triumph after a 6-3, 6-3 loss to France's Caroline Garcia, the 19-year-old made sure she stood out on Centre Court at SW19.
That's because the Briton was sporting an eye-catching $54,000 worth of bling, courtesy of her sponsor, Tiffany & Co.
The French-owned American luxury jeweller is one of Raducanu's many sponsors and she has been more than happy to rep some of the brand's flashy items at the All England Club.
Among Raducanu's ensemble of jewellery was a pair of diamond teardrop earrings - priced at around $13,500 - and a matching diamond and pearl pendant worth some $7,000.
Capping it off was an 18k gold bangle, half set with round diamonds, that is priced at more than $33,000.
Raducanu was named ambassador for the luxury brand just two weeks after beating Leylah Fernandez in the 2021 US Open final to become the first qualifier in history to win the grand slam.
“It’s such an iconic brand and one that I’ve felt connected to for quite some time,” Raducanu told British Vogue at the time.
“I wore the ring, bracelet, earrings and cross necklace throughout the [US Open] tournament. These pieces will always be very special to me.”
Emma Raducanu turns attention to US Open defence
Raducanu has already turned her attentions to the defence of her US Open title after chalking up her Wimbledon defeat to part of her tennis education.
“It will make me a better player because they (other top players) are just highlighting all my weaknesses. Then when you do it on a big court like that, it's definitely magnified," she said after the second round loss.
"It's just great for me to get all these lessons at such a young age so that when I'm in my mid 20s, I'll have those issues or little glitches in my game sorted. I'll just get better.”
Raducanu has found herself at the centre of a mountain of backlash, particularly from a British public desperate to see a local Wimbledon champion.
However, the 19-year-old denies she is struggling to cope with the pressures of being such a high-profile player at such a young age.
“I am 19 years old. Yes, I have had attention. But I'm a slam champion, so no-one's going to take that away from me. If anything, the pressure is on those who haven't done that," a smiling Raducanu said.
“Why is there any pressure? I'm still 19. Like, it's a joke. I literally won a slam.
“Going back to New York (for her US Open defence), it's going to be cool because I have got a lot of experiences playing on big courts, playing with people in the stadium, playing with the spotlight on you.
“I don't mind that. I mean, for me, everything is learning. I'm embracing every single moment that is thrown at me.”
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