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Son Heung-min inspires tennis star Raducanu

EMMA RADUCANU was delighted to see Spurs’ Son Heung-min score a hat-trick against Leicester on Saturday. Emma Raducanu is influenced by Son Heung-min. (GETTY) Invalid We use your sign-up to deliver content in ways you’ve agreed to and to better understand you. Based on our understanding, this may include advertisements from us and third parties. You have the option to unsubscribe at any time. More information After arriving in South Korea ahead of her latest WTA Tour event, Emma Raducanu praised Tottenham hero Son Heung-min. A difficult year for the teen star was exacerbated this month at Flushing Meadows, when her defense of the US Open title she won sensationally in 2021 fell at the first hurdle. She lost in the second round of the Slovenia Open last week, but she has the chance to rediscover her form on Wednesday when she faces Moyuka Uchijima in the first round of the Korea Open. The Japanese player has reached a career high ranking of 130th in the world. And Raducanu will be buoyed by her recent football results, if not her tennis results. Earlier this year, the 19-year-old revealed she was a Tottenham Hotspur fan, and the club beat Leicester City 6-2 on Saturday to maintain their early-season lead at the top of the Premier League. Son, who came off the bench, was the star of the show, scoring a stunning late hat-trick. The striker, like Raducanu, has had a difficult time of late, failing to score in his team’s first eight games of the season before breaking his duck spectacularly. NEWS FLASH: Roger Federer’s retirement is a “relief,” according to his coach, who details the “extreme strain” the Swiss has been under. Raducanu was defeated in the US Open by Alize Cornet. (GETTY) Indeed, the British No. 1 regards the forward as an inspiration to her and his South Korean teammates: “I really resonate with him, and I think what he’s doing for sport and football in Asia, particularly in Korea, is massive,” she said, according to tennis365. “I believe there will be a lot more future athletes coming from this side of the world.” And, like Son and Spurs, Raducanu, whose ranking fell from 11 to 77 after the US Open, is eager to get her hands on some silverware soon. As of now, her remarkable victory in New York is her only tournament victory. DON’T FORGET: Andy Murray admits to getting ‘a little emotional’ during the Davis Cup match, but then teases a GB comeback. Roger Federer will decide whether to compete in the Laver Cup at the “last minute” due to fitness concerns. Andy Murray receives an apology from a BBC interviewer after a Brit corrects him following his Davis Cup victory. Against Leicester, Son scored his first Premier League goals of the season. (GETTY)When asked about her desire to win in Korea, she stated, “Of course, I would love to win a title, and to be honest, I don’t think it matters at what level.” I believe that simply playing a large number of matches will benefit me greatly.” In Seoul, the British star is seeded sixth and is on the same side of the draw as favourite Jelena Ostapenko. The two could face off in the semi-finals. Articles Related to Katie Swan, who offers support, calms Emma Raducanu’s fears. Raducanu adds a new tournament to his schedule as his ranking rise continues. Emma Raducanu shares her heartfelt reaction to Queen Elizabeth’s death.