Emma Raducanu's season did not start in the best way. The young British tennis player suffered an ankle injury during the valid match to access the quarterfinals of the WTA 250 tournament in Auckland, against Viktoria Kuzmova.
Raducanu had played a perfect first set and left her opponent pointless. After losing the second set with a score of 5-7, the tennis player born in 2002 fell and suffered a severe ankle sprain. The medical timeout did not resolve the situation and Raducanu shook hands with Kuzmova, who left the court in tears.
Only the instrumental tests will be able to reveal or not the presence of serious injuries, and provide an important update for the Australian Open 2023 Precisely in recent weeks, the winner of the US Open 2021 announced that Sebastian Sachs will be her new coach in time complete.
The German coach has collaborated with players like Belinda Bencic and Julia Gorges, despite the fact that he has just turned thirty. Recently, Emma's former rival in her early days, Sonay Kartal, came out in her favour, defending the young British tennis player from media criticism.
Sonay Kartal and Raducanu met quite frequently in the finals of their youth days. But at 13-14 years old, the other player had to take time off due to her injuries. However, they got back together during the Billie Jean King Cup.
She told the Express: "I think obviously with what she's done now she's in the spotlight and I think she's so young. She probably hasn't been as closely watched by the cameras as she is now. They will criticize her for everything."
Henin reflects on Emma Raducanu
Seven-time Grand Slam winner Justine Henin recently commented on 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu's exit.
"We could feel the tension in the match, but Gauff showed her experience. Emma just didn’t have enough to push it to a final set. Gauff had more experience and dealt with the important points better. Both are very young, and they have to keep improving and developing.
I’m sure both of them will play a lot of matches together," Henin said. "Tennis life is hard. You have to work hard, take time and get to know each other. You have to know yourself, too. Stability helps because it helps you through big and difficult moments.
If you work three or six months with a coach, that’s often not enough time to work together, and you cannot do the job in three or six months," Henin said.