Emma Raducanu set for singles debut at Billie Jean King Cup



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Emma Raducanu set for singles debut at Billie Jean King Cup

Emma Raducanu will make her singles debut at the Billie Jean King Cup this April when Great Britain faces the Czech Republic. Great Britain will take on the Czech Republic in a qualifying tie from April 15-16 as Raducanu will lead the British team.

Raducanu made her Billie Jean King Cup debut in 2019 but back then didn't play any singles matches. "We are looking forward to the challenge of playing the Czechs," British captain Anne Keothavong said, per Sky Sports.

"Emma will be making her singles debut, although she was part of our teams in 2019 and 2020. "Harriet and Katie have been an integral part of the team the last couple of years while I'm excited to give Sonay that experience for the first time."

Raducanu: No reason to be worried

Raducanu's struggling season continued in Indian Wells as she suffered a surprise defeat to Petra Martic. Raducanu was up by a set and a break in the second set but failed to close out the match as Martic won 6-7 (3) 6-4 7-5.

Raducanu also had a chance to serve out for the match in the 10th game of the third set but failed to do so. “I think it’s just part of not playing and having so much stop-start and having five, six days to prepare for matches and then playing at that intensity," Raducanu told the BBC Sport.

“It was a tough one not being able to serve full out so I was having to work so hard just to hold. I’ve just got to get stronger. “I’ve had it for the last few days, just a product of training hard and probably the last match was pretty intense too and it didn’t settle down.

“When you are crossing your fingers to hold serve every time, it’s tough. I couldn’t really drive up and I was kind of struggling to turn and reach. The margins were so small. “I should be good for Miami, for sure."