Tennis-No pressure, Raducanu is ready to swing at the Australian Open

File Photo: Tennis-Australian Open-Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia-January 5, 2022 Australian Open REUTERS / Lauren Elliott Practicing for Emara Ducanu, UK

January 15, 2022

Melbourne (Reuters) – Emma Raducanu has been struggling to live up to high expectations since winning her first Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows last year, but the Britons aren’t worried about her illness and the Australian Open. He says he will play at the Australian Open without pressure.

Raducanu, who will face American Sloane Stephens in the first round at Melbourne Park, was the first qualifying to win a Grand Slam during the open era when he defeated Leylah Fernandez in New York last September.

However, she struggled to get to that shape in subsequent tournaments, and a series of early terminations prompted criticism. On the other hand, the positive COVID-19 at Christmas also influenced the preparation for the new season.

Raducanu, ranked 17th in Melbourne, said:

“I don’t think I’m really under pressure. I’m happy to be here and swing. I had to jump over some hurdles to play here. So (I) just want to get out there and have fun on the court. “

The 19-year-old lost to Kazakh Elena Rybakina 6-0 6-1 in her first match of the year in Sydney last Tuesday. This is not the protracted effect of COVID-19, but the defeat of the rust.

“It was definitely a lack of practice,” she said. “I think maybe 6, 7, I didn’t actually play for hours at all.

“I wasn’t physically tested in that match, the points ended very quickly.

“It’s good to keep watching the build. I’m feeling well now.”

Raducanu was handed a tough opening round draw to Stevens, the winner of the 2017 US Open. Stevens is ranked 65th in the world, but is ranked 3rd.

“I saw Sloan win the US Open,” Raducanu said.

“I actually hit her last year. A great enemy. Obviously, you can’t beat a Grand Slam unless you’re very talented.

“I think it’s going to be a tough match. I’m going to get out there and enjoy the match because I had to work hard to get here just by playing in this Grand Slam.”

(Report by Michael Church, edited by Peter Rutherford)

Tennis-No pressure, Raducanu is ready to swing at the Australian Open

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