Has Emma Raducanu's clay season officially ended?

Many chances are around to enter events if you're winning. Emma Raducanu now sits undecided between the clay and grass seasons.

by GALE MOORMAN
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Has Emma Raducanu's clay season officially ended?
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"I would say the last few weeks have been a lot. I think from the performance today it was very clear that mentally and emotionally I was exhausted," Emma Raducanu had explained upon her first round exit at the Madrid Open.

The Brit's opponent at Madrid's opening round was Argentina's Marie Lourdes Carle who on paper, Emma should have defeated. The French Open entry may look very murky to Raducanu because she's at that 'rock and a hard place' situation and doesn't know what decision would put her in a better light.

Emma's protective ranking is no. 103, a bit low to just go into the French Open. She's had two surgeries and as yet has only mentioned her being exhausted but not hurting or painful. She wasn't given a wild card into Roland Garros and neither were a few others as Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki.

Technically that may mean the Brit would get in by the late withdrawals of some or doing the qualifying rounds for entry if she would win her qualies. What are the positives for Emma Raducanu doing well in the qualies? Well, she's helped her Great Britain team win over France at the Billie Jean King Cup.

She was well appreciated there. When she played Iga Swiatek in the Stuttgart quarterfinal, Emma played tough and fearless, bringing the Pole Lady to a tiebreak. Despite her negative result with Swiatek, she showed her fight and talents weren't buried in a mediocre performance.

Madrid wasn't kind to Raducanu as she sunk inthe depths of defeat to Marie Lourdes Carle. She had felt the struggle saying "I was pushing through Stuttgart and was just unable to push through today (at Madrid Open). She had lost the first set to Carle 6-2 and the 2nd set showed her demise as she slapped in 19 unforced errors.

"...It's a shame that I was feeling so good on the court and today happened, but I guess this sport is just pretty brutal," Emma said frankly. This performance leaves Emma with many decisions on her clay season. Unfortunately within the second grand slam, there's no much room for no knowing what to do in respect of playing.

The Brit is probably thinking if she enters the qualies and loses the first round, she might not look any better than if she skipped the entire event. Emma Raducanu knows that she needs more matches on her racket to get her game sharper.

Yet, giving a less than great performance at a slam isn't something she'd want to do. The qualifying rounds can be difficult but yet not playing at all isn't solving anything either. Will Emma just call the whole thing off and start thinking about the grass court season coming soon in her own country? Time will tell if whatever Emma wants to do, she might just go ahead and do it!

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