'Emma Raducanu won't have too much time', says expert



by SIMONE BRUGNOLI

'Emma Raducanu won't have too much time', says expert

The period of setbacks continues for Emma Raducanu. The young tennis player became known to the general public as the surprising winner of the 2021 Us Open, where she triumphed in the Slam as a true unknown, with very little experience on the circuit behind her.

Thanks to that success, the attractive tennis player made a name for herself and she also became more and more famous in the social world. The following year things did not go as she would have hoped and she did not live up to expectations on her account and she posted a precipitous drop in the rankings to her current 78th position.

Few, very few wins and many difficulties between physical problems and acclimatization on the circuit that she can't get off the ground. Emma has changed trainers and staff several times, but without results. She didn't make it past the second round at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, while at the US Open, as the defending champion, she had to submit to Alize Cornet.

In the second round match of the WTA 250 tournament in Auckland, the 20-year-old challenged Slovakia's Viktoria Kuzmova. The match was tied at one, the result of a first set literally dominated by Raducanu (6-0) and a close second set in which player number 134 brought out the best of herself (7-5).

The British then suffered a severe ankle sprain due to a fall. The former Slam champion, after requesting a medical timeout, tried to get back on track, but to no avail. Through tears, she went to shake the hand of her opponent and sadly left the track.

Bad news for the young player who in 2022 struggled with various injuries and changes in her work team, a season in which she also added experience and growth in her first great season on the WTA circuit.

Amritraj speaks about Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu's consistent injury woes have been a major issue for the Brit over the past few seasons.

"She [Raducanu] thrust into the highest level of events and she had to play that all year round. There is the physical stress, mental stress, emotional stress, all of which comes out in the body and perhaps it's just still getting used to and spending a lot more time getting the body ready," the American said in a conversation at the Tennis Channel. "Right now in Australia, she won't have too much time. Ten days away, she's got to be ready," added Amritraj.

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