The top-ranked British player Emma Raducanu believes that the best way to prepare for her US Open championship defense is to ‘use positive energy.’
Raducanu, 19, shocked everyone by winning the New York major as an unheralded qualifier last year.
She begins Tuesday’s night session against France’s Alize Cornet as the 11th seed (00:00 BST, Wednesday).
“You’re just getting started. Any external forces that exist must be rejected by me “She said.
“I am aware that people would want to beat me if I confront the person in front of them. But I must persevere and be totally dedicated.”
One of three British players on Tuesday, along with seventh-seeded Cameron Norrie and twentieth-seeded Dan Evans, is Raducanu.
At 16:00 BST, Norrie, hoping to build on his run to the Wimbledon semifinals, will take on the erratic Benoit Paire of France, while Evans will take on Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic at 18:00 BST.
Following their Monday victory, the group hopes to join Andy Murray, Harriet Dart, and Jack Draper in making it to the second round.
The ninth-ranked player in the world, Norrie, described his goals for New York as being “just the same aim, to try to reach the second week again and then proceed from there.”