Watch: Emma Raducanu films bird stealing her food & latest fitness update on Briton

Raducanu caught a funny moment on video ahead of the Australian Open.

by Dzevad Mesic
Watch: Emma Raducanu films bird stealing her food & latest fitness update on Briton
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Emma Raducanu took to social media to share with fans how she caught and filmed a bird stealing a piece of her breakfast in Melbourne. 

After concluding her comeback tournament in Auckland last Thursday, Raducanu flew to Melbourne early to get her final preparations for the Australian Open underway. This week, Raducanu was eating her breakfast in Melbourne when a bird flew onto her table. 

After noticing a bird on her table, Raducanu seemingly did her best not to scare away the bird. Instead, Raducanu took out her phone and was able to film the bird, who got a tiny bit of the Briton's food before flying away. 

"There's no way I just caught this," Raducanu captioned a video posted on her Instagram Story. 

Raducanu practiced without any evident signs of discomfort on Thursday

Following an Auckland round-of-16 exit, Raducanu signed up for the Kooyong Classic. After signing up for Kooyong, it was also revealed that Raducanu agreed to play against Naomi Osaka in a charity match in Melbourne. 

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu© Getty Images Sport - Dave Rowland

But when Tuesday came and the time for Raducanu's charity match against Osaka, the Japanese withdrew from the match. Raducanu, who was scheduled to meet Donna Vekic after the Osaka withdrawal, also ended up pulling out of the match. After pulling out of the charity match, Raducanu also didn't play her scheduled exhibition at the Kooyong Classic on Thursday. 

On Tuesday, Raducanu pulled out of the charity match due to precautionary reasons after she woke up sore following a hard two-hour practice on Monday. After Raducanu also withdrew from Kooyong, the understanding was that the 21-year-old also skipped Kooyong due to precautionary reasons. 

But on Thursday, Raducanu reportedly looked great on the practice court. According to James Gray of i paper, Raducanu looked "happy and relaxed" and there were no any evident signs of the 21-year-old being in discomfort on the court. 

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu© Getty Images Sport - Graham Denholm

Raducanu learns her Australian Open first-round opponent

On Thursday, Raducanu also got to know her opening rival at Melbourne Park. In the Australian Open first round, Raducanu will be taking on 156th-ranked Shelby Rogers. 

When Raducanu and former world No. 30 Rogers meet, it is going to be their second meeting. Previously, their first and lone meeting came at the 2021 US Open. Back then, Raducanu claimed a dominant 6-2 6-1 win over Rogers. 

When it comes to Raducanu's lone meeting against Rogers, there is one very interesting fact about it - that match was played in the tournament where the Briton wrote tennis history. During the 2021 US Open, Raducanu won 10 matches in straight sets to become the first-ever qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam title. 

Going into their Australian Open match, Raducanu can be regarded as the favorite, considering that Rogers is set to play her first tournament since Wimbledon. Raducanu is also just returning from a long injury layoff but the Briton got to play two long and good matches in Auckland last week. With that being said, the edge is probably on Raducanu's side.

Emma Raducanu and Shelby Rogers
Emma Raducanu and Shelby Rogers© Getty Images Sport - Matthew Stockman

After a positive Auckland return, Raducanu also hopes for a positive Australian Open

In Auckland, Raducanu was competing in her first tournament in eight months. In her very first match, Raducanu survived and won a thriller as she edged out Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-3 4-6 7-5.

After just barely surviving the Ruse challenge, Raducanu looked far better against 2023 Wimbledon semifinalist Elina Svitolina in her next match. Still, Raducanu failed to close out the match when she had a chance to do so and Svitolina escaped with a 6-7 (5) 7-6 (3) 6-1 win. 

Still, Raducanu was pretty happy with how her first tournament back went and acknowledged that she did even better against Svitolina than against Ruse. 

“The first match (against Elena-Gabriela Ruse) I was a bit shaky,” Raducanu said after her Auckland exit.

“I think comparing the levels between the first match and this match, it’s a big difference and that’s just two matches in a long time, eight months. So I’m really pleased. I love the atmosphere today, it was pretty insane, we had some really good points in the first and second set and it was amazing to have the support here in Auckland, but also back home in London."

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu© Getty Images Sport - Dave Rowland

After the match, Raducanu also earned massive praise from Svitolina, who said the Auckland match against the 2021 US Open champion reminded her of the one she had against Iga Swiatek at 2023 Wimbledon.

“It was at a really high level. I would say it was a similar match I had with Iga at Wimbledon. We were striking the ball well with every point finishing with a winner pretty much. It was good, competitive sets and it was the second best match I’ve played level wise," Svitolina praised Raducanu.

It will be interesting to see what level Raducanu will be able to deliver at the Australian Open.

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