Emma Raducanu won't 'complain' about adversity



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Emma Raducanu won't 'complain' about adversity

Rising British tennis star Emma Raducanu hasn't had an ideal start to the year but made it clear that she is not someone who will complain about it. Raducanu, 19, tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-December and it affected her preparation for the 2022 season.

After suffering a preseason setback, Raducanu kicked off her season in Sydney, where she suffered a brutal 6-0 6-1 loss to Daria Kasatkina. At the Australian Open, Raducanu defeated 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round but suffered a surprise loss to Danka Kovinic in her following match after being hampered by blisters.

Raducanu returned to action three weeks ago in Guadajalara, where a leg injury forced her to retire her first round match. Raducanu then pulled ouf of Monterrey but is set to return to action at the Indian Wells Masters. "It's all part of it, all these spanners in the works," Raducanu said.

"I feel like I can take whatever bad luck is thrown at me after all the good fortune I had last year."

Raducanu playing her first full season on the Tour

Raducanu hasn't had any notable results since her astonishing US Open victory but many experts aren't too concerned as they believe what the 19-year-old is going through is just a normal thing.

"The career moment that changed my life was winning the US Open on that match point," Raducanu recently said in a conversation with fashion and lifestyle magazine Harper's Bazaar. "That was the best moment of my career for sure.

The most surreal moment was when I landed that ace and in that second I had no idea what happened, what I was doing, or where I was." Raducanu didn't have a memorable Indian Wells debut last year as she was beaten by Aliaksandra Sasnovich in her opener at the tournament. Raducanu, seeded at No. 11, had a first round bye before the defeated Caroline Garcia in the Indian Wells second round.