Defending champion Emma Radukhanu has dismissed concerns about her US Open fitness after breaking into tears during a practice session at Flushing Meadows on Friday.

The British teenager had to be consoled by coach Dmitry Tursunov after he appeared tearfully complaining about a problem with his right hand during practice on Friday.

But speaking to reporters later, the 19-year-old dismissed the incident and insisted she had “no worries” ahead of Monday’s opener.

“I think there were some small things in practice today, some blisters and a little bit of a little problem here and there,” said Radukhanu.

“It’s just one of those weird days where it feels like nothing… I don’t know. You just feel a little sick from it.

“Honestly, it’s hard to explain. I think everyone in this room has probably had a day like that. That’s the reality.”

Pressed further about her fitness, she replied, “I mean, I don’t worry about problems or anything like that.”

Radukhanu, who has had recurring blistering problems this season, made tennis history last year by becoming the first Open Era qualifier to win a Grand Slam singles title.

The 11th seed, who will begin defending her title against French veteran Alizee Cornet on Tuesday, said she feels no additional pressure as the reigning champion.

“I think you guys are probably thinking more about pressure and rankings than I do,” she told reporters.

“I think defending the title is something the media makes up. I’m just focused on what I do. Like I said last year, I’m just going to do it my way.”

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