She's made her debut in Guadalajara's Zapopan Open and was excited to be playing in Mexico. Despite it's history of varying altitudes, Emma thought it to be a good test of her skills and strategies. It tested her tolerance as she had to retire 7-5, 6-7, 3-4 after over a three hour stint with opponent Daria Saville.
She's not new to the circuit but her injuries and inactivity has kept her absent awhile on the competitive courts. The British teen was predicted to win this match but it didn't happen that way. "I feel like everyone should just be a little patient with me.
I am going to find my tennis, I just need a little bit of time," Raducanu had said after capturing her U.S. Open title. But the next tournament, Indian Wells she'd loss in the opening round. Today she's still struggling a bit to find that dynamic game but did go through to the quarterfinal in theTransylvania Open.
She bowed at the Linz Open to a Chinese qualifier Xinyu Wang in three sets due to a hamstring injury contributing to her loss. Better times would come Emma believed with a new coach Torben Beltz who guided Germany's Angelique Kerber to a few slam victories.
Things were looking optimistic for the Raducanu team. Here at Guadalajara, fans were clinging to the fact of seeing a teenage grand slam winner and crowded the stadium to witness Raducanu's performance. They were happy on her opening set win but Saville broke back in the next to win a tiebreak which neither player wholefully dominated in aggressive play or sharp tactics.
Emma had thought on having a good chance to get this match but the deciding set fell to a hip ailment and retired trailing 3-4 in the three hour round. The last tournament the Bromley, English teen played was the Australian Open and there suffered from opening blisters that interrupted her ability to serve and hit well.
With Saville, some shots were great and the crowd clapped for more, but it wasn't in Raducanu at this match or time. It is her admittance that "the biggest thing is to be patient with myself, she'd said. The grand slam was the quick extravaganza and unfortunately eery tournament can't have the same sting.
"I kind of went from zero to the top of the game..." Emma explained. The U.S. Open appeared to be the fairytale tournament and she would say that "It was great while it lasted but now I am looking ahead and I want to get better."
The teen is still in the top 20, ranked no. 12 in fact. The crowds have gotten a tast of her smashes and bases crosscourt and at the net but more is needed for Raducanu to profess a bigger game. At the U.S. Open she had all the answers on court for her opponents but now questions still remain if and when fans will see part of that winning fantasy at another tournament from Raducanu very soon.