The black period continues for Emma Raducanu. The very young British tennis player, made herself known to the general public for surprisingly winning the 2021 US Open edition, where she triumphed in the Grand Slam as an authentic unknown, with very little experience in the Tour behind her.
Thanks to that success, the UK tennis player has earned a name and has become increasingly famous also in the social world. The following year things did not go as she would have hoped and she failed to live up to her expectations of her and she recorded a resounding drop in the standings to the current 78th position.
Few, very few matches won and many difficulties between physical problems and an acclimatization in the Tour that fails to take off. Emma changed coaches and staff several times but to no avail. She didn't go beyond the second round at the Australian Open and the Roland Garros, while at the US Open, which she was the defending champion, she had to surrender to newcomer Alize Corner.
Emma Raducanu's nightmare has no end: the ascent must begin
In the second round match of the WTA 250 tournament in Auckland, the 20-year-old challenged the Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova. The partial was even, the result of a first set literally dominated by Raducanu (6-0) and a very tight second in which player number 134 (7-5) prevailed.
The Briton then got a bad ankle sprain from a fall. The former Grand Slam champion, after asking for a medical time-out, made an attempt to return to the field, but without positive results. In tears she went to shake hands with her opponent and then sadly left the field.
This injury, the extent of which will be revealed in the next few hours, clearly puts her presence at the Australian Open, which will start on January 16, at serious risk. 2023 was supposed to be the year of her rebirth for her, but her luck doesn't seem to be particularly favorable at the moment.
But after a long descent there may be a time to go back up. The pressure has so far sapped the Young Brittany's mental strength, but she has time ahead to recover. A vast horizon: from the bottom of the well, the sun cannot be seen, but it is possible to return to the surface.